pretty

  • 1 Pretty — 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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 pretty — [prit′ē] adj. prettier, prettiest [ME prati < OE prættig, crafty < prætt, craft, trick] 1. pleasing or attractive in a dainty, delicate, or graceful way rather than through striking beauty, elegance, grandeur, or stateliness 2. a) fine;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 pretty — 1. Pretty is used as an adverb with the meaning ‘fairly, moderately’, as in The performance was pretty good / He did pretty much as he liked. The adverb corresponding to the usual meaning of pretty is prettily: She always dresses so prettily. 2.… …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 pretty — ► ADJECTIVE (prettier, prettiest) 1) attractive in a delicate way without being truly beautiful. 2) informal used ironically to express displeasure: he led me a pretty dance. ► ADVERB informal ▪ to a moderately high degree; fairly. ► NOUN (pl …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 Pretty — 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. [1913 Webster] Pretty plainly professes himself a sincere Christian. Atterbury. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 pretty — [adj] attractive appealing, beauteous, beautiful, boss*, charming, cheerful, cher*, comely, cute, dainty, darling, delicate, delightful, dishy*, dreamboat*, elegant, eyeful*, fair, fine, foxy*, good looking, graceful, handsome, looker, lovely,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 pretty — index attractive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 pretty — bonny, comely, fair, *beautiful, lovely, handsome, good looking, beauteous, pulchritudinous Analogous words: charming, attractive, alluring (see under ATTRACT): dainty, delicate, exquisite (see CHOICE adj) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 pretty — 1 / prIti/ adverb (+ adj/adv) spoken 1 fairly, though not completely: I m pretty sure he ll say yes. | Life on the farm was pretty tough. see rather 2 very: It s pretty hard to see how we ll manage. 3 pretty well also pretty much very nearly;… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 pretty — pret|ty1 W3S2 [ˈprıti] adv [+ adjective/adverb] spoken 1.) fairly or more than a little ▪ I m pretty sure he ll say yes. ▪ She still looks pretty miserable. see usage note ↑rather 2.) very ▪ Dinner at Luigi s sounds pretty good to me …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 pretty — pret|ty1 [ prıti ] adverb MAINLY SPOKEN *** 1. ) fairly: My TV s getting pretty old now. Todd looks pretty tired. 2. ) very: The weather is pretty awful, isn t it? pretty good: I can see they ve done a pretty good job of it. pretty much/well/near …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 pretty — I UK [ˈprɪtɪ] / US adverb Word forms pretty : comparative prettier superlative prettiest mainly spoken *** 1) fairly My TV s getting pretty old now. Tom looks pretty tired. 2) very The weather s been pretty awful, hasn t it? pretty good: I can… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 pretty — I. adjective (prettier; est) Etymology: Middle English praty, prety, from Old English prættig tricky, from prætt trick; akin to Old Norse prettr trick Date: before 12th century 1. a. artful, clever b. pat, apt …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 pretty — /ˈprɪti / (say pritee) adjective (prettier, prettiest) 1. fair or attractive to the eye in a feminine or childish way: a pretty face. 2. (of things, places, etc.) pleasing to the eye, especially without grandeur. 3. pleasing to the ear: a pretty… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 pretty — prettily, adv. prettiness, n. prettyish, adj. /prit ee/, adj., prettier, prettiest, n., pl. pretties, adv., v., prettied, prettying. adj. 1. pleasing or attractive to the eye, as by delicacy or gracefulness: a pretty face. 2. (of things, places,… …

    Universalium

  • 16 pretty — [[t]prɪ̱ti[/t]] ♦♦ prettier, prettiest 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe someone, especially a girl, as pretty, you mean that they look nice and are attractive in a delicate way. She s a very charming and very pretty girl. Syn: good looking Derived… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 pretty — adj., n., v., & adv. adj. (prettier, prettiest) 1 attractive in a delicate way without being truly beautiful or handsome (a pretty child; a pretty dress; a pretty tune). 2 fine or good of its kind (a pretty wit). 3 iron. considerable, fine (a… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 18 pretty*/ — [ˈprɪti] adv spoken I 1) fairly My TV s getting pretty old now.[/ex] Tom looks pretty tired.[/ex] 2) very The weather s been pretty awful, hasn t it?[/ex] I can see they ve made a pretty good job of it.[/ex] • pretty much/well/nearly almost[/ex]… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 pretty — pret•ty [[t]ˈprɪt i[/t]] adj. ti•er, ti•est, 1) pleasing or attractive, esp. in a delicate or graceful way: a pretty face; a pretty song[/ex] 2) pleasing or charming but lacking in grandeur, importance, or force 3) fine; grand (often used… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 pretty — adjective (prettier, prettiest) 1》 attractive in a delicate way without being truly beautiful. 2》 informal used ironically to express displeasure: he led me a pretty dance. adverb informal to a moderately high degree; fairly. noun (plural… …

    English new terms dictionary


We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.