(US teen) good, excellent, a general term of approbation; often as excl.
|(con. 1918) Pedlocks (1971) 257: The meal was sure neato, sir.|
|Black Short Story Anthol. (1972) 24: I have this really neato pink IBM.‘A Revolutionary Tale’ in King|
|Grease 150: He’s neat-o.|
|Tommyknockers (1989) 232: But look! Neat-o, huh?|
|Zap Comix 13 in Coffee Table Art Book (1997) 25: Oboy! Neato! Just what I wanted!|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 6: neato – interesting, intriguing.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 141: neat as/neat, eh?/neato Pleasing. ‘Like my jumper? Neat as, eh?’ Local variants of US ‘neat’, for anything impressive to teens, popular ANZ from later C20.|
(US teen) extremely excellent! absolutely wonderful!
|Campus Sl. Mar. 4: neato torpedo – fantastic, super.|
|on Highest And Best Use [Internet] If you think the Steer Grill is neato-jet, you gotta see the Wild Boar model that the folks from Traeger custom built for H.I. Hearth & Leisure.|