Definition and Meanings for pretty

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Pretty is ranked 51,392 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of pretty

adjective, comparative, superlative, adverb

Etymology of pretty

oe. prati, as. pr, pr, crafty, sly, akin to pr, pr, deceit, trickery, icel. prettugr tricky, prettr a trick; probably fr. latin, perhaps through celtic; cf. w. praith act, deed, practice, ll. practica execution, practice, plot. see practice

Meaning of pretty

as adjective, comparative, superlative

  • 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.

as adverb

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