Main definitions of natty in English

: natty1natty2

natty1

adjective

informal
  • 1(of a person or an article of clothing) smart and fashionable.

    ‘a natty blue blazer’
    • ‘The slight, natty man with the wide smile and neat, shoulder-length dreadlocks commands the stage with undeniable charisma.’
    • ‘The show will have Harsha giving up his natty suits for cool denims and khakis while trailing some of the biggest names in sports.’
    • ‘And no longer do the staff wear boring olive green jackets, now they have natty blue ones.’
    • ‘I change it for one of my natty, stripey ties… Stylish!’
    • ‘Even the waiters, with their natty white jackets, look like they might be film stars in disguise.’
    • ‘When he stood up his natty blue and white striped pants hung on his bony legs as he leaned on his cane.’
    • ‘These come with a cute peep-toe and natty crochet trim’
    • ‘And their teacher: he's a tall, very urbane and rather natty man, with a grave manner.’
    • ‘Tall, lanky and 29, with natty dress sense and friends in all the right places’
    • ‘It's over to Buerk, the original natty dresser (ever seen his beige suit and blue shirt combo?)’
    • ‘They spin and colour the wool themselves, using natural dyes, and create hand-made woollen garments including some very natty jumpers based on Rothko paintings.’
    • ‘They are identifiable by their natty attire, and red bow-ties.’
    • ‘The hardliner who was once head of the police service, has scrapped his old military uniform in favour of dark glasses, trendy stubble and natty casual suits.’
    • ‘Wearing a natty sports jacket and carrying a briefcase, Fraser would easily fit in with any group of up-and-coming executives.’
    • ‘British playwright Noel Coward was natty and flamboyant, a born performer.’
    • ‘Shoes were shopped for and shoes were purchased: I picked up a very natty pair, of the ‘looks like a pump, feels like a sneaker’ variety.’
    • ‘His one physical quirk, the sandals which he always wears with socks (today he is sporting a natty tartan pair) seem more trademark than style choice.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Cole was an impeccable dresser, a natty bon vivant locked in a jet-setter's fashion sense.’
    • ‘For something dramatic, the shop has gloves in navy with a natty magenta trim or purple and red pairs trimmed with rabbit fur.’
    • ‘We think this kid will indeed be serving his country in uniform, but it won't be the natty blue of the gendarmerie.’
    • ‘Thank you to the human who arrived in a natty blue uniform, removed the cover and climbed into the hole to lift us one by one into warm hands.’
    smart, stylish, fashionable, dapper, debonair, dashing, jaunty, rakish, spruce, well turned out, well dressed, chic, modish, elegant, trim
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    1. 1.1 Well designed; clever.
      ‘a palmtop computer with many natty features’
      • ‘After removal, store the lenses in those natty little screw cap holders that the lens solution people give you with the bottle of goop.’
      • ‘The meeting had been ratified by the county board to go ahead without the selectors, bringing into play a natty piece of bureaucracy that questioned whether any decisions taken by the committee were binding if the selectors were there.’
      • ‘The top-end model boasts natty features such as brakes linked to a laser that detects nearby vehicles.’
      • ‘They also engaged in a particularly natty bit of weasel wording: next year's meeting is being called a seminar to emphasise that no decisions will be taken.’
      • ‘The bottle of Lakeland Air is the latest natty marketing ploy from Cumbria Tourist Board to encourage stressed-out city-dwellers to the area.’
      • ‘Also bought a natty little pasta machine today… hopelessly bourgeois!’
      • ‘For me, part of the enjoyment is just living aboard a boat - marvelling at the way every cubic inch of space is utilised, with natty little lockers and cubby holes to store your things.’
      • ‘In the late 1970s, the young economists were encouraged to find some natty statistics that would give Ireland a competitive edge.’
      • ‘She has a natty turn of phrase, and an eye for the well chosen metaphor.’
      • ‘But it's hard to shake the feeling that this is just a natty one-off rather than the future of how music will be made and marketed.’
      • ‘The company (who provide the natty little search feature in the navbar of this site) record for me what people search for.’

Origin

Late 18th century (originally slang): perhaps related to neat.

Pronunciation

natty

/ˈnati/

Main definitions of natty in English

: natty1natty2

natty2

adjective

  • (among Rastafarians) denoting hair that is uncombed or matted, as in dreadlocks.

    • ‘The hippie had natty blond hair, and large, vacant-looking eyes with wrinkles around them.’

Origin

1970s: variant of knotty.

Pronunciation

natty

/ˈnati/