Main definitions of natty in English

: natty1natty2

natty1

adjectivenattier, nattiest

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

    ‘a natty blue blazer’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I change it for one of my natty, stripey ties… Stylish!’
    • ‘For something dramatic, the shop has gloves in navy with a natty magenta trim or purple and red pairs trimmed with rabbit fur.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And their teacher: he's a tall, very urbane and rather natty man, with a grave manner.’
    • ‘These come with a cute peep-toe and natty crochet trim’
    • ‘Tall, lanky and 29, with natty dress sense and friends in all the right places’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The slight, natty man with the wide smile and neat, shoulder-length dreadlocks commands the stage with undeniable charisma.’
    • ‘We think this kid will indeed be serving his country in uniform, but it won't be the natty blue of the gendarmerie.’
    • ‘It's over to Buerk, the original natty dresser (ever seen his beige suit and blue shirt combo?)’
    • ‘And no longer do the staff wear boring olive green jackets, now they have natty blue ones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The show will have Harsha giving up his natty suits for cool denims and khakis while trailing some of the biggest names in sports.’
    • ‘They are identifiable by their natty attire, and red bow-ties.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The top-end model boasts natty features such as brakes linked to a laser that detects nearby vehicles.’
      • ‘She has a natty turn of phrase, and an eye for the well chosen metaphor.’
      • ‘Also bought a natty little pasta machine today… hopelessly bourgeois!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the late 1970s, the young economists were encouraged to find some natty statistics that would give Ireland a competitive edge.’
      • ‘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 company (who provide the natty little search feature in the navbar of this site) record for me what people search for.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

natty

/ˈnati/

Main definitions of natty in English

: natty1natty2

natty2

adjectivenattier, nattiest

  • (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/