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natty

[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.
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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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  • 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

  • "And, Natty," said the youth eagerly, still holding the black by the arm.

    The Pioneers

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for natty

natty

adjective -tier or -tiest
  1. informal smart in appearance or dress; spruce; dappera natty outfit
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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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