Synonyms for neatness

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Cody's planes are noted for their neatness, rigidity and smoothness.

It is the only tavern in the village, and for neatness and comfort can not easily be surpassed.

Let neatness, and elegance, and beauty exhibit their proudest charms.

Neatness was at all times my pride; but now plainness was the conformity to necessity.

It lacks the neatness, the athletic movement of Paine's English.

The lady commented on the neatness and order in the little rooms.

Obedience, neatness, punctuality do not thrive in such an atmosphere.

He only noticed that she was dressed with a peculiar simplicity and neatness.

Let neatness, and order, characterize all your arrangements.

I looked about me through the little room, where all was order, neatness, and propriety.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, "clean, free from dirt," from Anglo-French neit, Middle French net "clear, pure" (12c.), from Latin nitidus "well-favored, elegant, trim," literally "gleaming," from nitere "to shine," from PIE root *nei- "to shine" (cf. Middle Irish niam "gleam, splendor," niamda "shining;" Old Irish noib "holy," niab "strength;" Welsh nwyfiant "gleam, splendor").

Meaning "inclined to be tidy" is from 1570s. Of liquor, "straight," c.1800, from meaning "unadulterated" (of wine), which is first attested 1570s. Informal sense of "very good" first recorded 1934 in American English; variant neato is teenager slang, first recorded 1968. Related: Neatly; neatness.

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