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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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  • Nonchalant, as nattily dressed as ever, Ted Dorrance had appeared in his most effective suit, better looking than ever.

    Betty Lee, Senior

    Harriet Pyne Grove
  • All were well and neatly dressed; many of them nattily, a few of them very stylishly.

    Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Clean-shaved, nattily dressed actors come to this quiet purlieu to study their parts.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • He was nattily dressed in a blue cloth coat and trousers, and a white waistcoat.

    When Grandmamma Was New Marion Harland
  • Instead they traveled beyond the nattily clad yachtsmen and rested on the slim figure of the paid hand.

  • He was as ebony as a negro can get and as nattily dressed as only Savile Row can turn out a man.

    Combat Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Mr. Sharpe was as nattily dressed as ever, and presented himself as pleasantly as a summer breeze across fields of clover.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • A nattily attired young officer came up the walk, doffing his cap.

British Dictionary definitions for nattily

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 nattily

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 nattily

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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