Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who is habitually neat and orderly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stickler for neatness or cleanliness.

Etymologies

neat +‎ -nik, to rhyme with beatnik. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Frank Hauser calls him a "neatnik," and says you could eat off the floor of his cars, they were so clean.

    Chicago Reader

  • Mr. Andreessen values his privacy and is a neatnik.

    A Venture-Capital Newbie Shakes Up Silicon Valley

  • Without alcohol or illicit drugs altering his consciousness, Brian become a neatnik and a health enthusiast.

    Unfit III

  • They like food crumbs, so my neatnik spouse wields the Dustbuster and vacuums even more than he normally does.

    Pesky ants offer newfound perspective

  • I thought he was just a neatnik or his training in the Navy made him super-organized.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family

  • Mr. Blumenthal, a self-taught innovator and well-known neatnik, had been sending all his dishes out for independent testing before any sign of trouble.

    Return to the Fat Duck

  • The fact that she -- the compulsive kitchen neatnik -- didn't consider this problematic told me she was in dire straits.

    Jane Ganahl: Of Death and Recipes

  • But this garbology doesn't solve the most perplexing mystery to neatnik office cleaners: How can some people be so lazy.

    Cleaning Staffs Keep

  • It reminds me a great deal of not only Scott Peterson, but a lot of other domestic homicides, where suddenly, the husband becomes quite the neatnik, quite the fixer upper.

    CNN Transcript Jan 17, 2008

  • They're playing virtually the same characters they did in "The Producers" -- Lane is slobby Oscar and Broderick is fusty Felix, which is ironic since, in real life, Broderick is the slob and Lane the neatnik.

    Laughing All the Way

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