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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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  • 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


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 nattily



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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Slang definitions & phrases for nattily



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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