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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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  • He was tiny, but straight as a ramrod in his natty khaki uniform.

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts

    Roy Rutherford Bailey
  • She was wonderfully nimble-fingered and natty in all domestic duties.

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

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • "I think Miss Elizabeth's thoughts should be taken," said natty.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • It is by no means certain, natty, but I gave him one of the two.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • "And, natty," said the youth eagerly, still holding the black by the arm.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • But natty had his peculiar habits, and, it would seem, his peculiar tastes also.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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