Definitions for PRETTYˈprɪt i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pret•ty*ˈprɪt i(adj.)-ti•er, -ti•est

  1. (adj.)pleasing or attractive, esp. in a delicate or graceful way:

    a pretty face; a pretty song.

  2. pleasing or charming but lacking in grandeur, importance, or force.

  3. fine; grand (often used ironically):

    This is a pretty mess!

  4. Informal. considerable; fairly great:

    This mistake will cost us a pretty sum.

    Category: Informal

  5. (n.)a pretty person.

  6. (adv.)fairly or moderately:

    a pretty good time.

  7. quite; very:

    The wind blew pretty hard.

  8. Informal. prettily.

    Category: Informal

  9. (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)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. pretty(adj)

    pleasing by delicacy or grace; not imposing

    "pretty girl"; "pretty song"; "pretty room"

  2. pretty(adverb)

    (used ironically) unexpectedly bad

    "a pretty mess"; "a pretty kettle of fish"

  3. 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

  1. pretty(adjective)ˈprɪt i

    (of a person, especially a girl or woman) very attractive

    a pretty young woman; She's very pretty.

  2. prettyˈprɪt i

    (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

  3. prettyˈprɪt i

    used to say humorously that sth is not attractive, happy, or successful

    All those big football fans crying - it was not a pretty sight.

  4. pretty(adverb)ˈprɪt i

    fairly, quite

    The test was pretty hard.; It was a pretty good show.

  5. prettyˈprɪt i


    We're pretty much done.


  1. pretty(Noun)

    Something that is pretty.

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

  2. pretty(Verb)

    To make pretty; to beautify

  3. pretty(Adverb)

    Somewhat, fairly, quite; sometimes also (by meiosis) very.

  4. pretty(Adjective)

    Cunning; clever, skilful.

  5. pretty(Adjective)

    Pleasant in sight or other senses; attractive, especially of women or children.

  6. pretty(Adjective)

    Of objects or things: nice-looking, appealing.

  7. pretty(Adjective)

    Fine-looking; only superficially attractive; initially appealing but having little substance.

  8. pretty(Adjective)

    Moderately large; considerable.

  9. pretty(Adjective)

    Excellent, commendable, pleasing; fitting or proper (of actions, thoughts etc.).

  10. pretty(Adjective)

    Awkward, unpleasant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pretty

    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

  2. Pretty

    moderately large; considerable; as, he had saved a pretty fortune

  3. Pretty

    affectedly nice; foppish; -- used in an ill sense

  4. Pretty

    mean; despicable; contemptible; -- used ironically; as, a pretty trick; a pretty fellow

  5. Pretty

    stout; strong and brave; intrepid; valiant

  6. Pretty(adverb)

    in some degree; moderately; considerably; rather; almost; -- less emphatic than very; as, I am pretty sure of the fact; pretty cold weather


  1. Pretty

    Pretty is a television advertisement launched in 2006 by Nike, Inc. to promote its Nike Women brand of sportswear. The 60-second spot was handled by advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy in Portland, Oregon. The advert stars Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova in her first appearance as a spokesperson for the brand. Pretty debuted on U.S. television on August 20, 2006, with later appearances in cinemas and in print advertisements. It was directed by Czech director Ivan Zacharias, with post-production and VFX work by The Mill. The piece was a critical and popular success. It garnered several prestigious awards from the advertising and television industries, including two Cannes Gold Lions and a Gold Effie Award.

British National Corpus

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  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PRETTY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #765

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PRETTY' in Adverbs Frequency: #166

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PRETTY' in Adjectives Frequency: #445

Translations for PRETTY

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(not usually of boys and men) pleasing or attractive

a pretty girl/tune/picture/dress.

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