nat·​ty | \ ˈna-tē How to pronounce natty (audio) \
nattier; nattiest

Definition of natty

: trimly neat and tidy : smart natty clothes a natty dresser

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Other Words from natty

nattily \ ˈna-​tə-​lē How to pronounce nattily (audio) \ adverb
nattiness \ ˈna-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce nattiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for natty


dapper, sharp, smart, snappy, spruce


disheveled (or dishevelled), frowsy (or frowzy), sloppy, slovenly, unkempt

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Examples of natty in a Sentence

a soldier in his natty blue uniform He's quite a natty dresser.

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Gurung, wearing a natty black-and-white houndstooth suit from the Japanese label Mister Gentleman, is having a ball at Tasaki, which specializes in Akoya pearls. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Prabal Gurung Wore a Pearl Earring to His Dinner Celebrating Tasaki’s New London Store," 8 Mar. 2019 And while Jagger accessorized with a natty neckerchief, leave it to Styles to upgrade the look with paparazzi-proof shades. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Harry Styles Moves (and Dresses) Like Jagger at the Airport," 9 Oct. 2018 As for pattern lovers, Smythe’s checked natty suit with shiny gold buttons is a safe choice. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Why a Suit Should Be Any Fall Wedding Guest’s Go-To," 1 Nov. 2018 One by one, a retired carpenter, a natty clothier and a high-end landscaper detailed how Manafort paid them in international wire transfers from offshore companies. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Testimony by ‘right-hand man’ critical in Manafort trial," 5 Aug. 2018 The sheer back alluded to skin while retaining a hint of modesty, while the slit down the spine was a natty touch. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Has a Dressy Date Night with Brooklyn," 27 June 2018 The 47-year-old in the natty waistcoat is the prodigal son, the underestimated man, whose story of redemption has inspired a nation. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Win or lose in the World Cup, England has a national hero in Coach Gareth Southgate," 11 July 2018 The remainder of Fox’s journey is as natty and crisp, and quite lighter of spirit than the reservation story. Peter Lewis, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Northland' is an entertaining trip along America's 4,000-mile northern border," 3 July 2018 In between shopping and eating—try Grandpa for natty clothes and ahead-of-the-curve scents, and Surfers for unpretentious Swedish-Asian food that local chefs rejoice over—rub shoulders with Skarsgårds at the city’s best nightlife. Andrew Richdale, GQ, "Five Gay Vacation Spots That Are Less Tired Than Fire Island," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of natty

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for natty

perhaps alteration of earlier netty, from obsolete net neat, clean

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English Language Learners Definition of natty

informal : very neat and clean


nat·​ty | \ ˈna-tē How to pronounce natty (audio) \
nattier; nattiest

Kids Definition of natty

: very neat, trim, and stylish

Other Words from natty

nattily \ ˈna-​tə-​lē \ adverb

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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