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natty

[nat-ee] /ˈnæt i/
adjective, nattier, nattiest.
1.
neatly or trimly smart in dress or appearance; spruce:
a natty white uniform.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; perhaps variant of neat1 + -y1
Related forms
nattily, adverb
nattiness, noun
nonnattily, adverb
nonnattilyness, noun
nonnatty, adjective
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  • Penguins are not people, despite their natty appearance and upright ambulation.
  • He looked natty, in two-tone loafers and a green suit, and he knew his business.
  • And he keeps on being natty, naughty and nifty to the end.
  • Taking its cues from fashion, the home furnishings industry is suiting up in lengths of urbane cloth steeped in natty patterns.
  • Soft lights shimmered off natty tuxedos and bejeweled gowns.
  • They will match up the gloves and sell the natty new pairs, giving the proceeds to charity.
British Dictionary definitions for natty

natty

/ˈnætɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
(informal) smart in appearance or dress; spruce; dapper: a natty outfit
Derived Forms
nattily, adverb
nattiness, noun
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from obsolete netty, from netneat1; compare Old French net trim
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Word Origin and History for natty
adj.

1785, "neat, smart," originally slang, perhaps an altered form of 16c. nettie "neat, natty," from Middle English net "pure, fine, elegant" (see neat). Related: Nattily.

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Slang definitions & phrases for natty

natty

adjective

Neat; spruce; stylish: The fitted shirt gave him a natty appearance/ A natty convertible (1806+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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