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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 of natty
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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  • Then one morning he stalked over to his little office, now clean and natty.

    The Wolf's Long Howl Stanley Waterloo
  • He was tiny, but straight as a ramrod in his natty khaki uniform.

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts Roy Rutherford Bailey
  • They hurried down to the shore and natty sprang into the little skiff he used for rowing.

  • His hands were gloved, and in one of them he carried a natty umbrella, using it as a cane.

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • Or a natty little pair of black satin, finished and piped in white satin, to be worn with a black and white shopping costume.

    Roast Beef, Medium Edna Ferber
  • natty still spoke in the Delaware language, and of course was not understood.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • natty was always more quiet in his remarks than his friend, but I felt sure there was quite as much mettle in him.

    In the Wilds of Africa W.H.G. Kingston
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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