from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Pleasantness; agreeableness.
- noun The state or quality of being pretty, or pleasing to the esthetic sense; especially, the effect of beauty in its slighter, more delicate, and more evanescent forms; the charm of grace, harmony, delicacy, or neatness, as presented to the sight or the hearing; diminutive or dainty beauty: as, the prettiness of a picture or a tune; the prettiness of a gesture, a dimple, or a lisp.
- noun Neatness and taste bestowed on small objects; hence, often, petty elegance; affected niceness; finicalness; foppishness.
- noun That which is pretty; a pretty thing or person: generally in a depreciative sense, as suggesting pettiness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The quality or state of being pretty; -- used sometimes in a disparaging sense.
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- noun The quality of being
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- noun the quality of being appealing in a delicate or graceful way (of a girl or young woman)
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And when desirability as a friend or wife is also bound up in prettiness, it reinforces that message.
But to be fair to Rubenking, the editor who authored the review, there's much more to his GUI complaints than degree of "prettiness" - and one of them even involved his discovery of the Avira-acknowledged "bug" during PC Mag's tests.
This speech, Bob., thou wilt call a prettiness; but the allegory is just; and thou hast not quite cured me of the metaphorical.
They descend into simple prettiness, which is simple insipidity.
Her prettiness was the kind that wins at once and keeps you ever after.
He recalled the prettiness of Barbee's new girl at the lunch counter; he remembered Sanchia's regular features; these two were simply not of the same order of beings as
Malluch was touched by a doubt; he recalled the prettiness of the favour shown him by the woman at the fountain, and wondered if he who had the sorrows of a mother in mind was about to forget them for a lure of love; yet he replied, "The Orchard of Palms lies beyond the village two hours by horse, and one by a swift camel."
I followed him into the kitchen, where his little brown-skinned wife was preparing breakfast, and I fancied, after seeing her, that her prettiness was the cause of his inhospitable manner towards a stranger.
She was a meagre, hollow-eyed, bloodless girl of seventeen, yet her features had a certain charm -- that dolorous kind of prettiness which is often enough seen in the London needle-slave.
Yet the little sitting-room had an aspect of simple rustic prettiness, which is almost pleasanter to look at than fine furniture.