Hot air balloons flying during a pretty sunset.
- The definition of pretty is someone or something that is attractive in a delicate way.
- An example of pretty is a nice sunset.
- An example of pretty is actress Ellen Page.
- Pretty is defined as fairly or somewhat.
An example of pretty is someone having a somewhat good time at a party.
- pleasing or attractive in a dainty, delicate, or graceful way rather than through striking beauty, elegance, grandeur, or stateliness
- fine; good; nice: often used ironically: I'm in a pretty fix
- adroit; skillful: a pretty move
- Archaic elegant
- Now Chiefly Scot. brave; bold; gallant
- Informal considerable; quite large: a pretty price
Origin of prettyMiddle English prati from Old English prættig, crafty from prætt, craft, trick
- fairly; moderately: pretty sure
- Informal quite or very: pretty angry
- -·tier, -·ti·estInformal prettily: to talk pretty
transitive verb-·tied, -·ty·ing
- Pleasing or attractive in a graceful or delicate way. See Synonyms at beautiful.
- Clever; adroit: a pretty maneuver.
- Very bad; terrible: in a pretty predicament; a situation that has reached a pretty pass.
- Ostensibly or superficially attractive but lacking substance or conviction: full of pretty phrases.
- Informal Considerable in size or extent: a pretty fortune.
- To a fair degree; moderately: a pretty good student.
- In a pretty manner; prettily or pleasingly.
- One that is pretty.
- pretties Delicate clothing, especially lingerie.
transitive verbpret·tied, pret·ty·ing, pret·ties
Origin of prettyMiddle English prety clever, fine, handsome from Old English prættig cunning from prætt trick
(comparative prettier, superlative prettiest)
- Cunning; clever, skilful. [from 9th c.]
- Pleasant in sight or other senses; attractive, especially of women or children. [from 15th c.]
- Of objects or things: nice-looking, appealing. [from 15th c.]
- (often pejorative) Fine-looking; only superficially attractive; initially appealing but having little substance; see petty. [from 15th c.]
- (dated) Moderately large; considerable. [from 15th c.]
- (dated) Excellent, commendable, pleasing; fitting or proper (of actions, thoughts etc.). [from 16th c.]
- (ironic) Awkward, unpleasant. [from 16th c.]
- When particularly stressed, the adverb pretty serves almost to diminish the adjective or adverb that it modifies, by emphasizing that there are greater levels of intensity.
- Something that is pretty.
- "We'll stop at the knife store a look at the sharp pretties.
(third-person singular simple present pretties, present participle prettying, simple past and past participle prettied)
- To make pretty; to beautify
From Middle English prety, preti, praty, prati, from Old English prÃ¦ttiÄ¡ (“tricky, crafty, sly, cunning, wily, astute"), from Proto-Germanic *prattugaz (“boastful, sly, slick, deceitful, tricky, cunning"), corresponding to prat (“trick") +"Ž -y. Cognate with Dutch prettig (“nice, pleasant"), dialectal German (East Friesland) prettig (“funny"), Low German pratzig (“arrogant, boastful, haughty"), German protzig (“showy, ostentatious, swanky, pretentious"), Icelandic prettugur (“deceitful, tricky"). For the sense-development, compare canny, clever, cute.