adjective, nat·ti·er, nat·ti·est.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of nattily

Historical Examples of nattily

  • 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.

  • Instead they traveled beyond the nattily clad yachtsmen and rested on the slim figure of the paid hand.

British Dictionary definitions for nattily


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



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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