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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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 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 He was always described as being a very natty dresser. CBS News, "Sex, scandal and death in the White House," 23 Apr. 2012 Luís Bettencourt meets me onshore, emanating a natty outdoor vibe in a fluorescent orange T-shirt with matching socks and beanie. Trish Lorenz, Condé Nast Traveler, "Portugal's Azores Islands Are Still a Wild Paradise," 7 Feb. 2020

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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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“Natty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 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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