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.