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Definitions of pretty

  1. Prettiest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. Prettiness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. intensifier, as in"pretty big"; "pretty bad"; (`jolly' is used informally in Britain as in"jolly decent of him") Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Fairly; moderately. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Prettily. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. In some degree: moderately. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Moderately; somewhat. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. In some degree; tolerably; moderately; expressing a degree less than very, as pretty fair, pretty well done. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. (used ironically) unexpectedly bad; "a pretty mess"; "a pretty kettle of fish" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. pleasing by delicacy or grace; not imposing; "pretty girl"; "pretty song"; "pretty room" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. used as an intensifier (`jolly' is used informally in Britain); "pretty big"; "pretty bad"; "jolly decent of him" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. Moderately large; considerable; as, he had saved a pretty fortune. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. Affectedly nice; foppish; -- used in an ill sense. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. Stout; strong and brave; intrepid; valiant. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. In some degree; moderately; considerably; rather; almost; -- less emphatic than very; as, I am pretty sure of the fact; pretty cold weather. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. Pleasing because of grace and daintiness; pleasing to the eye; entertaining; trim; moderately large or excellent; fine. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. Tasteful: pleasing: neat: beautiful without dignity: small: affected: (in contempt) fine. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. Handsome; neat; pleasing. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. Characterized by delicate beauty; dainty; pleasing; sweet. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. Of a pleasing form, without absolute beauty; neat and appropriate; neatly arranged; crafty; small; affected. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. Of a pleasing and attractive form; neatly arranged or ornamented; neat and handsome, but not exactly beautiful; in contempt, foppish; affected; in irony, fine; decent; excellent. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. Sly; crafty. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for pretty

  1. " I think I have thought, and done, too, for myself, pretty well. – Valerie by Frederick Marryat
  2. Rather a pretty one, isn't it, Pompy? – The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays by Various
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