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pretty
WordNet 2.0
  • 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"
  • used as an intensifier (`jolly'' is used informally in Britain)
  • "pretty big"
  • "pretty bad"
  • "jolly decent of him"
pretty
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. 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.

    "This is the prettiest lowborn lass that ever Ran on the greensward." -- Shak.

    2. Moderately large; considerable; as, he had saved a pretty fortune. "Wavering a pretty while." Evelyn.

    3. Affectedly nice; foppish; -- used in an ill sense.

    "The pretty gentleman is the most complaisant in the world." -- Spectator.

    4. Mean; despicable; contemptible; -- used ironically; as, a pretty trick; a pretty fellow.

    5. Stout; strong and brave; intrepid; valiant. [Scot.]

    "[He] observed they were pretty men, meaning not handsome." -- Sir W. Scott.

    Syn. -- Elegant; neat; fine. See Handsome.

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

    "Pretty plainly professes himself a sincere Christian." -- Atterbury.

 

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