American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Pleasing or attractive in a graceful or delicate way. See Synonyms at beautiful.
- adj. Clever; adroit: a pretty maneuver.
- adj. Very bad; terrible: in a pretty predicament; a situation that has reached a pretty pass.
- adj. Ostensibly or superficially attractive but lacking substance or conviction: full of pretty phrases.
- adj. Informal Considerable in size or extent: a pretty fortune.
- adv. To a fair degree; moderately: a pretty good student.
- adv. In a pretty manner; prettily or pleasingly.
- n. One that is pretty.
- n. Delicate clothing, especially lingerie.
- v. To make pretty: pretty up the house.
- idiom. pretty much For the most part; mostly: "The . . . matter was pretty much dying down” ( John Strahinich).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Crafty; cunning; clever; shrewd; keen.
- Strong and bold; warlike; accomplished in arms.
- Comely; handsome; good-looking; hence, in later use, pleasing to the esthetic sense; attractive through grace, elegance, neatness, harmony of parts, or delicacy of outline or coloring; having delicate beauty; pleasing the eye or ear rather than impressing the mind: as, a pretty face; a pretty cottage; a pretty picture. In this use the word implies a certain slightness, limitation, or lack of power, and hence is easily made depreciative in cases where these attributes are out of place.
- Hence Affectedly neat or fastidious about one's personal appearance; finical; foppish.
- Pleasing in general; pleasing to the mind; interesting; entertaining; gratifying.
- Excellent; good; fine; nice: said loosely, like fine and nice, of almost any object or action as a general term of commendation, and also, like fine and nice, often used ironically, especially in exclamatory sentences.
- Good or sufficient; moderately large in quantity, number, extent, duration, etc.; considerable.
- A term of endearment, supplying the place of a diminutive.
- Synonyms Handsome, Fair, etc. See beautiful.
- Moderately; reasonably; tolerably: expressing a degree less than very: as, a farm pretty well stocked; pretty good lodgings; I am pretty sure of the fact.
- adv. Somewhat, fairly, quite; sometimes also (by meiosis) very.
- n. Something that is pretty.
- v. To make pretty; to beautify
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. 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
- adj. Moderately large; considerable.
- adj. Affectedly nice; foppish; -- used in an ill sense.
- adj. Mean; despicable; contemptible; -- used ironically
- adj. Scot. Stout; strong and brave; intrepid; valiant.
- adv. In some degree; moderately; considerably; rather; almost; -- less emphatic than
- adv. to a moderately sufficient extent or degree
- adj. pleasing by delicacy or grace; not imposing
- adj. (used ironically) unexpectedly bad
- Middle English prety, clever, fine, handsome, from Old English prættig, cunning, from prætt, trick. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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Words that describe the decadent Rococo art of the early 18th Century
Describing appearance and physique. More quantitative than qualitative/comparative. Can be used to sum a person up one-wordedly. (Still working on the definition of what I want in this list.)
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The present, the future. Goals, wishes, hopes.
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