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Meaning of PRETTY

Pronunciation:  'pritee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  intensifier, as in"pretty big"; "pretty bad"; (`jolly' is used informally in Britain as in"jolly decent of him")
  2. [adj]  pleasing by delicacy or grace; not imposing; "pretty girl"; "pretty song"; "pretty room"
  3. [adj]  (used ironically) unexpectedly bad; "a pretty mess"; "a pretty kettle of fish"

PRETTY is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: bad, beautiful, jolly



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pret"ty\, a. [Compar. {Prettier}; superl. {Prettiest}.]
    [OE. prati, AS. pr[ae]ttig, pr[ae]tig, crafty, sly, akin to
    pr[ae]t, pr[ae]tt, deceit, trickery, Icel. prettugr tricky,
    prettr a trick; probably fr. Latin, perhaps through Celtic;
    cf. W. praith act, deed, practice, LL. practica execution,
    practice, plot. See {Practice}.]
    1. Pleasing by delicacy or grace; attracting, but not
       striking or impressing; of a pleasing and attractive form
       a color; having slight or diminutive beauty; neat or
       elegant without elevation or grandeur; pleasingly, but not
       grandly, conceived or expressed; as, a pretty face; a
       pretty flower; a pretty poem.
             This is the prettiest lowborn lass that ever Ran on
             the greensward.                       --Shak.
    2. Moderately large; considerable; as, he had saved a pretty
       fortune. ``Wavering a pretty while.'' --Evelyn.
    3. Affectedly nice; foppish; -- used in an ill sense.
             The pretty gentleman is the most complaisant in the
             world.                                --Spectator.
    4. Mean; despicable; contemptible; -- used ironically; as, a
       pretty trick; a pretty fellow.
    5. Stout; strong and brave; intrepid; valiant. [Scot.]
             [He] observed they were pretty men, meaning not
             handsome.                             --Sir W.
    Syn: Elegant; neat; fine. See {Handsome}.
  2. \Pret"ty\, adv.
    In some degree; moderately; considerably; rather; almost; --
    less emphatic than very; as, I am pretty sure of the fact;
    pretty cold weather.
          Pretty plainly professes himself a sincere Christian.