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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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  • 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


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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