natty

[ nat-ee ]
/ ˈnæt i /
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adjective, nat·ti·er, nat·ti·est.

neatly or trimly smart in dress or appearance; spruce: a natty white uniform.

Nearby words

  1. natsopa,
  2. natsume,
  3. natta,
  4. natter,
  5. natterjack,
  6. natura non facit saltum,
  7. natural,
  8. natural aids,
  9. natural antibody,
  10. natural bridge

Origin of natty

1775–85; perhaps variant of neat1 + -y1

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British Dictionary definitions for nattily

natty

/ (ˈnætɪ) /

adjective -tier or -tiest

informal smart in appearance or dress; spruce; dappera natty outfit
Derived Formsnattily, adverbnattiness, noun

Word Origin for natty

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