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Syllabification: nat·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈnadē
 
/

adjective (nattier, nattiest)

informal
(Especially of a person or an article of clothing) smart and fashionable: a natty blue blazer and designer jeans
More example sentences
  • And their teacher: he's a tall, very urbane and rather natty man, with a grave manner.
  • British playwright Noel Coward was natty and flamboyant, a born performer.
  • According to the nosy old woman next door, the victim took the room with a companion, a natty man answering to the name of ‘Frenchy’.
Synonyms
smart, stylish, fashionable, dapper, debonair, dashing, spruced up, well dressed, chic, elegant, trim
informal snazzy, trendy, snappy, nifty, sassy, spiffy, fly, kicky, styling/stylin', sharp

Origin

late 18th century (originally slang): perhaps related to neat1.

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  • The informal word natty, ‘smart or stylish’, probably comes from neat. It was first recorded in 1785, in The Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by Francis Grose, which was a collection of slang terms that Dr Johnson had deliberately left out of his dictionary of 1755. Natty lads in those days were young thieves or pickpockets. A quotation from the poet Shelley ( 1812) shows the modern meaning: ‘As natty a beau, As Bond Street ever saw.’ Among Rastafarians natty is used to describe hair that is uncombed or matted, as in dreadlocks; in this context it is a form of knotty. A natty dread is a Rastafarian. See also dread

Derivatives

nattily

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • A line of nattily dressed corporate vice presidents - looking distinctly out of place in such a dive - sit at the counter reading menus.
  • Koch is dressed nattily, as usual - crisp chinos and a long-waisted Cuban shirt - and he works the room like a seasoned pro.
  • Beside her is her smaller, slimmer, nattily dressed partner.

nattiness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • There is a kind of theatrical nattiness to his outfit today.
  • Ms. Prada's collection is all British nattiness, with the tailoring coming from high-tech stretch fabrics and the richness from waves of bottle green, camels and grays.
  • The nattiness and pizzazz I've described are intentionally amusing.

Words that rhyme with natty

batty, bratty, catty, chatty, Cincinnati, Dolcelatte, fatty, flattie, Hattie, patty, ratty, Satie, Scarlatti, scatty, Tati, tattie, tatty

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Syllabification: nat·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈnadē
 
/

adjective

[attributive]
(Among Rastafarians) denoting hair that is unstraightened, uncombed, or matted, as in dreadlocks.
Example sentences
  • The hippie had natty blond hair, and large, vacant-looking eyes with wrinkles around them.

Origin

variant of knotty.

More
  • The informal word natty, ‘smart or stylish’, probably comes from neat. It was first recorded in 1785, in The Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by Francis Grose, which was a collection of slang terms that Dr Johnson had deliberately left out of his dictionary of 1755. Natty lads in those days were young thieves or pickpockets. A quotation from the poet Shelley ( 1812) shows the modern meaning: ‘As natty a beau, As Bond Street ever saw.’ Among Rastafarians natty is used to describe hair that is uncombed or matted, as in dreadlocks; in this context it is a form of knotty. A natty dread is a Rastafarian. See also dread

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