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. (Jamaica, slang) Knotty.
    natty dreadlocks

Etymology 3[edit]

Clipping of natural +‎ -y.

Alternative forms[edit]

Adjective[edit]

natty (comparative more natty, superlative most natty)

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

Noun[edit]

natty (plural natties)

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

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 natty” (US) / “natty” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press.

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