nat·​ty | \ˈna-tē \
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 \ adverb
nattiness \ ˈna-​tē-​nəs \ 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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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 Victor Cruz joined model Joan Smalls in admiring the basement-level shoe salon, while Christian Combs (fresh off his turn in Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Sartoria show) donned his finest while checking out natty suiting. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Nordstrom Brings Out the Boys for Its Men’s Store Launch," 11 Apr. 2018 If nothing else, the accoutrement proved an ideal addition to Stewart-Jarrett’s natty Thom Browne suit. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Broadway’s Brightest Partied Until Dawn at The Carlyle on Tonys Night," 11 June 2018 Their inspiration may go back to one of America's nattiest presidents, John F. Kennedy, who regularly wore Ray-Bans for official functions. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "British Royals Take a Sunglasses Cue from John F. Kennedy," 19 Apr. 2017 James’ natty look reminded some of AC/DC guitarist Angus Young. Elizabeth Wellington,, "LeBron James showing a little pre-game leg was more masculine than you think | Elizabeth Wellington," 1 June 2018 No shrunken pants, natty pocket squares or over-the-top shoes for this Houston native and Houston Rockets guard. Joy Sewing, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets Fever: Gerald Green's style is all Houston," 16 May 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

: very neat and clean


nat·​ty | \ˈna-tē \
nattier; nattiest

Kids Definition of natty

: very neat, trim, and stylish

Other Words from natty

nattily \ ˈna-​tə-​lē \ adverb

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