Pretty definition

prĭtē
Clever; adroit.

A pretty maneuver.

adjective
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To a fair degree; moderately.

A pretty good student.

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Pleasing or attractive in a graceful or delicate way.
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A pretty person or thing.
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One that is pretty.
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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.

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Ostensibly or superficially attractive but lacking substance or conviction.

Full of pretty phrases.

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(informal) Considerable in size or extent.

A pretty fortune.

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Very bad; terrible.

In a pretty predicament; a situation that has reached a pretty pass.

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In a pretty manner; prettily or pleasingly.
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To make pretty.

Pretty up the house.

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To make pretty; to beautify.
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Pretty is defined as fairly or somewhat.

An example of pretty is someone having a somewhat good time at a party.

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Delicate clothing, especially lingerie.
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(archaic) Elegant.
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(now chiefly scot.) Brave; bold; gallant.
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(informal) Considerable; quite large.

A pretty price.

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Fine; good; nice.

I'm in a pretty fix.

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Adroit; skillful.

A pretty move.

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(informal) Prettily.

To talk pretty.

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Fairly; moderately.

Pretty sure.

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(informal) Quite or very.

Pretty angry.

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To make pretty.
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Cunning; clever, skilful. [from 9th c.]
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Pleasant in sight or other senses; attractive, especially of women or children. [from 15th c.]
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Of objects or things: nice-looking, appealing. [from 15th c.]
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(often pejorative) Fine-looking; only superficially attractive; initially appealing but having little substance; see petty. [from 15th c.]
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(dated) Moderately large; considerable. [from 15th c.]
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(dated) Excellent, commendable, pleasing; fitting or proper (of actions, thoughts etc.). [from 16th c.]
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(ironic) Awkward, unpleasant. [from 16th c.]
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Somewhat, fairly, quite; sometimes also (by meiosis) very.
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Something that is pretty.

"We'll stop at the knife store a look at the sharp pretties.

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Pleasing or attractive in a dainty, delicate, or graceful way rather than through striking beauty, elegance, grandeur, or stateliness.
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pretty much
  • For the most part; mostly:
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pretty nearly
  • mostly, almost, more or less, etc.
    I used up pretty nearly all of the flour.
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sitting pretty
  • in a favorable position
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pretty
Plural:
pretties

Adjective

Base Form:
pretty
Comparative:
prettier
Superlative:
prettiest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of pretty

  • Middle English prety clever, fine, handsome from Old English prættig cunning from prætt trick

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English prety, preti, praty, prati, from Old English prættiÄ¡ (“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.

    From Wiktionary