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 natty (audio) \ adverb
nattiness \ ˈna-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce natty (audio) \ noun

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Examples of natty in a Sentence

a soldier in his natty blue uniform He's quite a natty dresser.
Recent Examples on the Web Three years later, a new portrait captures him in a natty suit buttoned high up on his chest, his hair short and carefully parted. oregonlive, "Astoria exhibit reveals cruel ‘hidden history’: boarding schools’ role in attempts to ‘civilize’ Native American children," 8 Apr. 2021 Then there are the commercial purchasers and connoisseurs, including a natty young truffle broker and a gastronôme buyer — these men spend much of their time on screen inhaling the scent of the truffles, enraptured. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "The Truffle Hunters Heads for the Hills and Returns With a Feast for the Senses," 3 Mar. 2021 Not natty brick but brick with dings and the residue of old paint. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Mass MoCA, the World’s Biggest Contemporary Art Museum, Looks Fantastic," 23 Sep. 2020 In it, Byrne again tries to construct a new musical universe, making jolly music and dancing in lockstep with shoeless artists in natty gray suits. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Fall’s Best Movies Are About American Soul-Searching," 17 Sep. 2020 The natty dresser who loves bow ties and a cool pair of shades had given up a high-paying corporate job in New York City. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "As a young Black man, he knew poverty and bullying — and now, he’s a rainmaker for the arts in Dallas," 23 July 2020 This cool cat in a natty vest, cigarette in hand, was in the right place at the right time. John Mcmurtrie, Los Angeles Times, "Michael McClure, the poet whose roar helped launch the ’60s, dies at 87," 7 May 2020 The logo was simple yet idiosyncratic, and instantly memorable, from the rabbit's cocked ears to its natty, perfectly positioned bow tie. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Art Paul of Playboy: The Man Behind the Bunny': Film Review," 27 Feb. 2020 Always natty on stage in colorful suits and matching hats, Williams' career renaissance took off in 1998 with the Silky album, which featured backing from members of the garage rock band The Gories, adding some punk swagger to his raunchy soul. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "R&B Singer Andre Williams Dies at 82," 18 Mar. 2019

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Natty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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