natty

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Originally slang, perhaps related to neat.[1]

Adjective[edit]

natty (comparative nattier, superlative nattiest)

  1. (informal) Smart and fashionable. [from late 18th c.]
    • 1997, David Foster Wallace, “David Lynch keeps his head”, in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Kindle edition, Little, Brown Book Group:
      Anyway, while the creepy-video thing is under way there are also some scenes of Pullman looking very natty and East Village in all-black and jamming on his tenor sax in front of a packed dance floor (only in a David Lynch movie would people dance ecstatically to abstract jazz), []
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Etymology 2[edit]

Variant of knotty.[1]

Adjective[edit]

natty (comparative nattier, superlative nattiest)

  1. (Jamaican, slang) Knotty.
    natty dreadlocks

Etymology 3[edit]

Clipping of natural +‎ -y.

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Adjective[edit]

natty (comparative more natty, superlative most natty)

  1. (slang, bodybuilding) Natural, as opposed to steroid enhanced.
  2. (slang) national

Noun[edit]

natty (plural natties)

  1. (slang, bodybuilding) Someone whose muscle gains are natural and not aided by the use of steroids.
  2. (slang, sports) A national championship

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 natty”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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Jamaican Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English knotty.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈnatɪ/
  • Hyphenation: na‧tty

Noun[edit]

natty (plural: natty dem, quantified: natty)

  1. Abbreviation of natty dreadlocks.

Adjective[edit]

natty

  1. dreadlocked, knotty, nappy
    • 2010, Mel Cooke, “Mid-90s Rasta revolution withers”, in The Jamaica Gleaner[1]:
      Natty natty pon head, picky picky dung a chin. []
      Dreadlocked with a scruffy beard. []
    What a way yuh 'ead natty.Your hair's so nappy.

Verb[edit]

natty

  1. to grow dreadlocks; to grow locks
    • 2014, Gordon Robinson, “Tainted morality”, in The Jamaica Gleaner[2] (in English):
      “By his deeds shall a man be known
      Natty up your head and worship Babylon throne []
      By his deeds shall a man be known
      You've grown dreadlocks but you're still a slave to the system []
    'Im natty up him head.He's grown his locks.

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