pretty


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 noterather
2.) very
Dinner at Luigi's sounds pretty good to me.
3.) pretty well/much
almost completely
He hit the ball pretty well exactly where he wanted it.
The guard left us pretty much alone.
They're all pretty much the same.
4.) pretty nearly also pretty near AmE
almost
The shock of Pat's death pretty near killed Roy.
be sitting pretty atsit
pretty 2
pretty2 W3S3 adj comparative prettier superlative prettiest
[: Old English; Origin: prAttig 'tricky', from prAtt 'trick']
1.) a woman or child who is pretty has a nice, attractive face
a pretty little girl
Maria looks much prettier with her hair cut short.
see usage notebeautiful
2.) something that is pretty is pleasant to look at or listen to but is not impressive
a pretty dress
The tune is pretty.
What a pretty little garden!
3.) not a pretty sight
very unpleasant to look at - sometimes used humorously
After a night's drinking, Al was not a pretty sight.
4.) not just a pretty face
spoken used humorously to say that someone is intelligent, when people think this is surprising
I'm not just a pretty face, you know!
5.) come to a pretty pass
old-fashioned used to say that a very bad situation has developed
Things have come to a pretty pass , if you can't say what you think without causing a fight.
6.) cost a pretty penny
old-fashioned to cost a lot of money
7.) pretty as a picture
old-fashioned very pretty
>prettily adv
Charlotte sang very prettily.
>prettiness n [U]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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