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Pretty

WordNet



adjective


(1)   Pleasing by delicacy or grace; not imposing
"Pretty girl"
"Pretty song"
"Pretty room"
(2)   (used ironically) unexpectedly bad
"A pretty mess"
"A pretty kettle of fish"

adverb


(3)   Used as an intensifier (`jolly' is used informally in Britain)
"Pretty big"
"Pretty bad"
"Jolly decent of him"
Wiktonary



Adjective


  1. Pleasant in sight or other senses.
  2. Having conventionally accepted elements of beauty, usually just physical attractiveness
    She was such a pretty girl.
  3. Not functional or supposedly so.
    pretty buttons
  4. Unpleasant (in some cases)
    pretty state of affairs
  5. Affectedly nice; foppish.
  6. Moderately large; considerable.
    He had amassed a pretty fortune.

Adverb



  1. somewhat, fairly, quite;
    Hey, that's pretty neat!
    People can run pretty fast when they're frightened!
  2. somewhat, fairly;
    It's pretty good, but not outstanding.

Usage notes

  • When particularly stressed, the adverb serves almost to diminish the adjective or adverb that it modifies, by emphasizing that there are greater levels of intensity.

Noun



  1. Something that is pretty.
    "We'll stop at the knife store a look at the sharp pretties.
    • 1939, Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, and Edgar Allan Woolf, The Wizard of Oz
      I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!

Verb



  1. To make pretty; to beautify