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

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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 Dressed in a natty olive khaki safari short and shirt set, Pat Nissan’s New York nose wiggled in excitement. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Street Scene got people dancing in the streets in 1984," 18 Aug. 2019 Fashion Map allows natty Nigerians to find a suitmaker at the press of a button. The Economist, "Why an “Uber for tailors” is gaining ground in Lagos," 26 Sep. 2019 Ford v Ferrari is a natty diversion that earns every inch of its right to be seen big. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "A Gorgeous Ford v Ferrari Demands a Drive to the Theater," 15 Nov. 2019 Yet his natty dress, uplifting talk of progress and cutting wit speak of upward mobility. The Economist, "IndiaIndia is stumbling because of its prime minister’s failure to curb his darker side," 24 Oct. 2019 If his writing fell somewhat out of fashion, in late midlife Mr. Tosches cut a distinctive figure in that below-14th Street world, his natty dress inevitably commented upon by interviewers. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Nick Tosches, 69, Fiery Music Writer and Biographer, Dies," 20 Oct. 2019 The newest Eagles wore the coolest hats — a gambler’s top hat for country legend Vince Gill, a natty bowler for Deacon Frey. Alex Pappademas, Los Angeles Times, "Welcome to the ‘Hotel California’ review: In Vegas, the Eagles perform their definitive album," 30 Sep. 2019 Classics prevailed in the form of natty three-piece suits and narrow neckties at French brand Celine under creative director Hedi Slimane. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Men’s Trends You Might Actually Want to Wear in 2020," 28 June 2019 Vivienne Benesch’s jolly, natty-looking staging at the Folger Theatre comes mostly as a relief. Washington Post, "13 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 10 June 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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The first known use of natty was in 1785

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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Natty.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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good-natured easy friendliness

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