Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Neat, trim, and smart; dapper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Smart and fashionable.
  • adj. knotty (e. g. natty dreadlocks)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Neatly dressed; smart; trim; tidy; spruce.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Neat; tidy; spruce.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

Etymologies

Perhaps variant of obsolete netty, from net, elegant, from Middle English, from Old French; see neat1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Broward, not usually known as a natty dresser, sauntered up in a linen suit the color of new butter and proceeded to lambaste Davis for his alliance with “land pirates and purchased newspapers.”

    Dream State

  • Interestingly, I thought "natty" meant the exact opposite of what it does.

    Operation: Stay Dipped | ATTACKERMAN

  • Saddam begins earnestly, from his position behind his desk, looking kind of natty in a light grey double breasted jacket and a white Panama hat with a black hat band, "This will take away some of the son's love for the father."

    Merrill Markoe: Hygiene Tips: Saddam's Forgotten Legacy

  • It may easily be made longer, if desired, but the model is an excellent one for ordinary wear, and very "natty," and it has the merit of being quickly knitted.

    Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet

  • The leading man wore a "natty" outing-suit, and strutted with a little cane; his stock-in-trade was a jaunty air, a kind of perpetual flourish, and a wink that suggested the cunning of a satyr.

    The Metropolis

  • This could hardly be wondered at, for taking into consideration the "natty" appearance of the privateer, the lubberly way in which she was sailed, standing so far off wind when she ought to have been close to it if she were sailing her course, was enough to excite anybody's suspicions.

    True To His Colors

  • But it's not all jah and irie in the scene, and too many reggae shows in town seem to be imbued with a spirit I can only describe as "Eugene-y," stressing the line between "natty" and "hippie."

    Portland Events: Music, Art, Entertainment, Sustainability

  • If "natty" somehow means something positive, then god (sic) has a special plan for you.

    Drowned In Sound // Feed

  • If you see any pics of the Wehrmact invading Poland, you'll see various tank commanders having this kind of natty headgear!

    Army Rumour Service

  • The only drawback about the M-Kard was that it looked like the kind of natty receptacle a flash bastard such as himself might plausibly port his Charlie around in, which was something you unfortunately had to consider when observing this nascent twenty-first-century dining protocol.

    Be My Enemy

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