Definition of neatly in US English:

neatly

adverb

  • In a neat way.

    ‘neatly folded shirts’
    ‘she neatly sidestepped the question’
    • ‘This tension is real; pain does not fall neatly on to either side of the Cartesian divide.’
    • ‘Gender selection neatly shows exactly what is at stake in human genetic engineering.’
    • ‘Perhaps he should enjoy his neatly trimmed garden during the week while others are working.’
    • ‘So I took the four cracker tubes out of the tin and stacked them neatly in the cupboard.’
    • ‘The picture shows a woman with neatly coiffed hair in a smart modern outfit.’
    • ‘No row could more neatly illustrate the deep divisions between Britain's art lovers.’
    • ‘Open one of her cupboards and you would find tins of food all neatly stacked.’
    • ‘All of this came neatly together in the rituals the Victorians developed for Christmas.’
    • ‘A few blocks away, corner markets still had fruit neatly stacked in pyramids out front.’
    • ‘Well as someone who doesn't fit neatly into any of their categories, I am disgusted.’
    tidily, smartly, sprucely
    cleverly, aptly, nicely, elegantly, well
    skilfully, deftly, adroitly, adeptly, expertly, precisely, nimbly, agilely, gracefully, effortlessly
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Pronunciation

neatly

/ˈnētlē//ˈnitli/