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[nat-ee]
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adjective, nat·ti·er, nat·ti·est.
  1. neatly or trimly smart in dress or appearance; spruce: a natty white uniform.

Origin of natty

1775–85; perhaps variant of neat1 + -y1
Related formsnat·ti·ly, adverbnat·ti·ness, nounnon·nat·ti·ly, adverbnon·nat·ti·ly·ness, nounnon·nat·ty, adjective
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natty

adjective -tier or -tiest
  1. informal smart in appearance or dress; spruce; dappera natty outfit
Derived Formsnattily, adverbnattiness, noun

Word Origin

C18: perhaps from obsolete netty, from net neat 1; 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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