Definitions for PRETTYˈprɪt i
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pret•ty*ˈprɪt i(adj.)-ti•er, -ti•est
(adj.)pleasing or attractive, esp. in a delicate or graceful way:
a pretty face; a pretty song.
pleasing or charming but lacking in grandeur, importance, or force.
fine; grand (often used ironically):
This is a pretty mess!
Informal. considerable; fairly great:
This mistake will cost us a pretty sum.
(n.)a pretty person.
(adv.)fairly or moderately:
a pretty good time.
The wind blew pretty hard.
(v.t.)to make pretty in appearance:
to pretty up a room.
* Syn: See beautiful.Usage: The qualifying adverb pretty , meaning “fairly or moderately,” has been in general use since the late 16th century. Although most common in informal speech and writing, it is far from restricted to them, and often is less stilted than alternatives such as relatively, moderately, and quite.
Origin of pretty:
bef. 1000; ME prati(e), pratte, prettie cunning, gallant, fine, pretty, OE prættig, prettī cunning, der. of prǣtt a trick, wile (c. D part, pret trick, prank, ON prettr trick, prettugr tricky)
pleasing by delicacy or grace; not imposing
"pretty girl"; "pretty song"; "pretty room"
(used ironically) unexpectedly bad
"a pretty mess"; "a pretty kettle of fish"
reasonably, moderately, pretty, jolly, somewhat, fairly, middling, passably(adverb)
to a moderately sufficient extent or degree
"pretty big"; "pretty bad"; "jolly decent of him"; "the shoes are priced reasonably"; "he is fairly clever with computers"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
(of a person, especially a girl or woman) very attractive
a pretty young woman; She's very pretty.
(of a place or thing) nice to look at or listen to
a pretty little town; The waves look pretty in the sunlight.; a pretty song
used to say humorously that sth is not attractive, happy, or successful
All those big football fans crying - it was not a pretty sight.
The test was pretty hard.; It was a pretty good show.
We're pretty much done.
Something that is pretty.
"We'll stop at the knife store a look at the sharp pretties.
To make pretty; to beautify
Somewhat, fairly, quite; sometimes also (by meiosis) very.
Cunning; clever, skilful.
Pleasant in sight or other senses; attractive, especially of women or children.
Of objects or things: nice-looking, appealing.
Fine-looking; only superficially attractive; initially appealing but having little substance.
Moderately large; considerable.
Excellent, commendable, pleasing; fitting or proper (of actions, thoughts etc.).
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
moderately large; considerable; as, he had saved a pretty fortune
affectedly nice; foppish; -- used in an ill sense
mean; despicable; contemptible; -- used ironically; as, a pretty trick; a pretty fellow
stout; strong and brave; intrepid; valiant
in some degree; moderately; considerably; rather; almost; -- less emphatic than very; as, I am pretty sure of the fact; pretty cold weather
Translations for PRETTY
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(not usually of boys and men) pleasing or attractive
a pretty girl/tune/picture/dress.
- ظَريفَه، جَذّابَه، وَسيمَهArabic
- bonitoPortuguese (BR)
- køn; pænDanish
- χαριτωμένος, ευχάριστοςGreek
- bonito, lindoSpanish
- قشنگ؛ با نمکFarsi
- zgodan, lijepCroatian
- laglegur, sæturIcelandic
- carino, graziosoItalian
- gražus, dailus, puikusLithuanian
- glīts; jauksLatvian
- pen, nydelig, finNorwegian
- قشنگ؛ با نمکPersian
- хорошенький; симпатичныйRussian
- söt, fin, näpenSwedish
- 悅人的，漂亮的Chinese (Trad.)
- гарненький, миловиднийUkrainian
- دل کش، خوش نماUrdu
- xinh xắn; đẹpVietnamese
- 悦人的，漂亮的Chinese (Simp.)
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