Pretty

Definition of Pretty

Pret´ty
a.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.
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.
[He] observed they were pretty men, meaning not handsome.
- Sir W. Scott.
adv.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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