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[nat-ee] /ˈnæt i/
adjective, nattier, nattiest.
neatly or trimly smart in dress or appearance; spruce:
a natty white uniform.
Origin of natty
1775-85; perhaps variant of neat1 + -y1
Related forms
nattily, adverb
nattiness, noun
nonnattily, adverb
nonnattilyness, noun
nonnatty, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for natty
  • 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


adjective -tier, -tiest
(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

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



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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