One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person or an article of clothing) smart and fashionable.‘a natty blue blazer and designer jeans’
smart, stylish, fashionable, dapper, debonair, dashing, jaunty, rakish, spruce, well turned out, well dressed, chic, modish, elegant, trimView synonyms
- ‘Even the waiters, with their natty white jackets, look like they might be film stars in disguise.’
- ‘They are identifiable by their natty attire, and red bow-ties.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Tall, lanky and 29, with natty dress sense and friends in all the right places’
- ‘And no longer do the staff wear boring olive green jackets, now they have natty blue ones.’
- ‘The slight, natty man with the wide smile and neat, shoulder-length dreadlocks commands the stage with undeniable charisma.’
- ‘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’.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Cole was an impeccable dresser, a natty bon vivant locked in a jet-setter's fashion sense.’
- ‘We think this kid will indeed be serving his country in uniform, but it won't be the natty blue of the gendarmerie.’
- ‘The show will have Harsha giving up his natty suits for cool denims and khakis while trailing some of the biggest names in sports.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘These come with a cute peep-toe and natty crochet trim’
- ‘When he stood up his natty blue and white striped pants hung on his bony legs as he leaned on his cane.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I change it for one of my natty, stripey ties… Stylish!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It's over to Buerk, the original natty dresser (ever seen his beige suit and blue shirt combo?)’
- ‘Wearing a natty sports jacket and carrying a briefcase, Fraser would easily fit in with any group of up-and-coming executives.’
- ‘For something dramatic, the shop has gloves in navy with a natty magenta trim or purple and red pairs trimmed with rabbit fur.’
Late 18th century (originally slang): perhaps related to neat.
attributive (among Rastafarians) denoting hair that is unstraightened, uncombed, or matted, as in dreadlocks.
- ‘The hippie had natty blond hair, and large, vacant-looking eyes with wrinkles around them.’
1970s: variant of knotty.
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