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Pretty vs. Prettily

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Prettyadjective

Pleasant in sight or other senses; attractive, especially of women or children.

Prettilyadverb

In a pretty manner.

Prettyadjective

Of objects or things: nice-looking, appealing.

Prettilyadverb

Very badly; terribly.

Prettyadjective

Fine-looking; only superficially attractive; initially appealing but having little substance; see petty.

Prettilyadverb

In a pretty manner.

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Prettyadjective

Cunning; clever, skilful.

Prettilyadverb

in a pretty manner;

‘all this is most prettily done’;

Prettyadjective

(dated) Moderately large; considerable.

Prettyadjective

(dated) Excellent, commendable, pleasing; fitting or proper (of actions, thoughts etc.).

Prettyadjective

(ironic) Awkward, unpleasant.

Prettyadverb

Somewhat, fairly, quite; sometimes also (by meiosis) very.

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Prettyadverb

(dialect) Prettily, in a pretty manner.

Prettynoun

A pretty person; a term of address to a pretty person.

Prettynoun

Something that is pretty.

‘"We'll stop at the knife store a look at the sharp pretties.''’;

Prettyverb

To make pretty; to beautify

Prettyadjective

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 everRan on the greensward.’;

Prettyadjective

Moderately large; considerable; as, he had saved a pretty fortune.

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Prettyadjective

Affectedly nice; foppish; - used in an ill sense.

‘The pretty gentleman is the most complaisant in the world.’;

Prettyadjective

Mean; despicable; contemptible; - used ironically; as, a pretty trick; a pretty fellow.

Prettyadjective

Stout; strong and brave; intrepid; valiant.

‘[He] observed they were pretty men, meaning not handsome.’;

Prettyadverb

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.’;

Prettyadjective

pleasing by delicacy or grace; not imposing;

‘pretty girl’; ‘pretty song’; ‘pretty room’;

Prettyadjective

(used ironically) unexpectedly bad;

‘a pretty mess’; ‘a pretty kettle of fish’;

Prettyadverb

used as an intensifier (`jolly' is used informally in Britain);

‘pretty big’; ‘pretty bad’; ‘jolly decent of him’;

Prettyadjective

(of a person, especially a woman or child) attractive in a delicate way without being truly beautiful

‘a pretty little girl with an engaging grin’;

Prettyadjective

(of a thing) pleasing to the eye or the ear

‘a pretty summer dress’;

Prettyadjective

used ironically to express annoyance or displeasure

‘he led me a pretty dance’;

Prettyadverb

to a moderately high degree; fairly

‘he looked pretty fit for his age’; ‘it was a pretty bad injury’;

Prettynoun

an attractive thing, especially a trinket

‘he buys her lots of pretties—bangles and rings’;

Prettynoun

used to refer in a condescending way to an attractive person

‘six pretties in sequined leotards’;

Prettyverb

make pretty or attractive

‘she'll be all prettied up and ready to go in an hour’;

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