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pret·ty

 (prĭt′ē)
adj. pret·ti·er, pret·ti·est
1. Pleasing or attractive in a graceful or delicate way. See Synonyms at beautiful.
2. Clever; adroit: a pretty maneuver.
3. Very bad; terrible: in a pretty predicament; a situation that has reached a pretty pass.
4. Ostensibly or superficially attractive but lacking substance or conviction: full of pretty phrases.
5. Informal Considerable in size or extent: a pretty fortune.
adv.
1. To a fair degree; moderately: a pretty good student.
2. In a pretty manner; prettily or pleasingly.
n. pl. pret·ties
1. One that is pretty.
2. pretties Delicate clothing, especially lingerie.
tr.v. pret·tied, pret·ty·ing, pret·ties
To make pretty: pretty up the house.
Idiom:
pretty much
For the most part; mostly: "The ... matter was pretty much dying down" (John Strahinich).

[Middle English prety, clever, fine, handsome, from Old English prættig, cunning, from prætt, trick.]

pret′ti·ly adv.
pret′ti·ness n.

pretty

(ˈprɪtɪ)
adj, -tier or -tiest
1. pleasing or appealing in a delicate or graceful way
2. dainty, neat, or charming
3. commendable; good of its kind: he replied with a pretty wit.
4. informal often ironic excellent, grand, or fine: here's a pretty mess!.
5. informal lacking in masculinity; effeminate; foppish
6. Scot vigorous or brave
7. an archaic word for elegant
8. a pretty penny informal a large sum of money
9. sitting pretty informal well placed or established financially, socially, etc
n, pl -ties
a pretty person or thing
adv
10. informal fairly or moderately; somewhat
11. informal quite or very
vb, -ties, -tying or -tied
(often foll by: up) to make pretty; adorn
[Old English prættig clever; related to Middle Low German prattich obstinate, Dutch prettig glad, Old Norse prettugr cunning]
ˈprettily adv
ˈprettiness n

pret•ty

(ˈprɪt i)

adj. -ti•er, -ti•est, adj.
1. pleasing or attractive, esp. in a delicate or graceful way: a pretty face; a pretty song.
2. pleasing or charming but lacking in grandeur, importance, or force.
3. fine; grand (often used ironically): This is a pretty mess!
4. Informal. considerable; fairly great: This mistake will cost us a pretty sum.
n.
5. a pretty person.
adv.
6. fairly or moderately: a pretty good time.
7. quite; very: The wind blew pretty hard.
8. Informal. prettily.
v.t.
9. to make pretty in appearance: to pretty up a room.
[before 1000; Middle English prati(e), pratte, prettie cunning, gallant, fine, pretty, Old English prættig, prettī cunning, derivative of prǣtt a trick, wile (c. Dutch part, pret trick, prank, Old Norse prettr trick, prettugr tricky)]
pret′ti•ly, adv.
pret′ti•ness, n.
pret′ty•ish, adj.
syn: See beautiful.
usage: The qualifying adverb pretty, meaning “fairly or moderately,” has been in general use since the late 16th century. Although most common in informal speech and writing, it is far from restricted to them, and often is less stilted than alternatives such as relatively, moderately, and quite.

pretty


Past participle: prettied
Gerund: prettying

Imperative
pretty
pretty
Present
I pretty
you pretty
he/she/it pretties
we pretty
you pretty
they pretty
Preterite
I prettied
you prettied
he/she/it prettied
we prettied
you prettied
they prettied
Present Continuous
I am prettying
you are prettying
he/she/it is prettying
we are prettying
you are prettying
they are prettying
Present Perfect
I have prettied
you have prettied
he/she/it has prettied
we have prettied
you have prettied
they have prettied
Past Continuous
I was prettying
you were prettying
he/she/it was prettying
we were prettying
you were prettying
they were prettying
Past Perfect
I had prettied
you had prettied
he/she/it had prettied
we had prettied
you had prettied
they had prettied
Future
I will pretty
you will pretty
he/she/it will pretty
we will pretty
you will pretty
they will pretty
Future Perfect
I will have prettied
you will have prettied
he/she/it will have prettied
we will have prettied
you will have prettied
they will have prettied
Future Continuous
I will be prettying
you will be prettying
he/she/it will be prettying
we will be prettying
you will be prettying
they will be prettying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been prettying
you have been prettying
he/she/it has been prettying
we have been prettying
you have been prettying
they have been prettying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been prettying
you will have been prettying
he/she/it will have been prettying
we will have been prettying
you will have been prettying
they will have been prettying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been prettying
you had been prettying
he/she/it had been prettying
we had been prettying
you had been prettying
they had been prettying
Conditional
I would pretty
you would pretty
he/she/it would pretty
we would pretty
you would pretty
they would pretty
Past Conditional
I would have prettied
you would have prettied
he/she/it would have prettied
we would have prettied
you would have prettied
they would have prettied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pretty - pleasing by delicacy or grace; not imposing; "pretty girl"; "pretty song"; "pretty room"
beautiful - delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration; "a beautiful child"; "beautiful country"; "a beautiful painting"; "a beautiful theory"; "a beautiful party"
2.pretty - (used ironically) unexpectedly bad; "a pretty mess"; "a pretty kettle of fish"
irony - a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs
bad - having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"
Adv.1.pretty - to a moderately sufficient extent or degree; "pretty big"; "pretty bad"; "jolly decent of him"; "the shoes are priced reasonably"; "he is fairly clever with computers"

pretty

adjective
2. pleasant, fine, pleasing, nice, elegant, trim, delicate, neat, tasteful, dainty, bijou comfortable sofas covered in a pretty floral print
adverb
1. (Informal) fairly, rather, quite, kind of (informal), somewhat, moderately, reasonably I had a pretty good idea what she was going to do.

pretty

adjectiveadverb
To some extent:
Idiom: more or less.
Translations
إلى حدٍ ماإِلى حَدٍّ مَعْقُولظَريفَه، جَذّابَه، وَسيمَهفَشَلا ذَريعاًلَطِيف
doceladostihezkýpěknýpoměrně
kønretnydeligpæn
kaunismelkosievä
ljepuškastprilično
csinos
frekar, nokkuîlaglegurlaglegur, sætur
かなりきれいな
상당히예쁜
pulcherpulchrapulchrum
ganėtinai
diezganglītsjaukslielisksvarens
lepprecejprikupen
ganskasöt
น่ารักพอใช้ได้สวย
kháxinh

pretty

[ˈprɪtɪ]
A. ADJ (prettier (compar) (prettiest (superl)))
1. (= attractive) [dress, object, baby] → bonito, mono, lindo (LAm); [girl] → bonito, guapo, lindo (LAm); [name, smile] → bonito, lindo (LAm)
what a pretty hat!¡qué sombrero más bonito!, ¡qué sombrero más mono!, ¡qué monada de sombrero!
I'm not just a pretty face you knowpara que te enteres, no soy tonta
it'll cost you a pretty pennyte va a costar un ojo de la cara or un dineral
it was not a pretty sightno era nada agradable de ver
she was as pretty as a pictureera preciosa
the garden was as pretty as a pictureel jardín era de foto
see also pass A5
2. (= large) [sum] → bonito, importante
3. (iro) → bueno
a pretty mess you've got us into!¡en vaya or menudo or buen lío nos has metido!
B. ADVbastante
he got pretty crossse enfadó bastante
I have a pretty fair or good idea who did itestoy casi seguro de quién lo hizo
it sounds pretty far-fetched to meme parece bastante inverosímil
she got pretty good markssacó unas notas bastante buenas
pretty damn or damned quickbien pronto
he's pretty damn stupides bien estúpido
it's pretty much the samees mas o menos igual, es prácticamente lo mismo
he goes there pretty nearly every dayva allí casi or prácticamente todos los días
pretty well I'm pretty well finishedya casi he terminado
that's pretty well everythingeso es todo más o menos
see also sit A1
C. N (as excl) gee up, my pretty! (to horse) → ¡arre, caballito!
I'll get you, my pretty! (threatening) → ¡de mí no te escapas, preciosa or bonita!
pretty up VT + ADV = prettify

pretty

[ˈprɪti]
adj
[baby, child, woman, face] → joli(e) before n
She's very pretty → Elle est très jolie.
to look pretty [girl, woman] → être joli(e)
[dress, pattern, village, garden, house] → joli(e) before n
to look pretty [flowers, garden] → être joli(e)
adv
pretty much (= almost) → pratiquement
It's pretty much the same → C'est pratiquement la même chose.
pretty well (= almost) → pratiquement
I travel pretty well every week → Je voyage pratiquement toutes les semaines.
(= quite) → assez
I had a pretty good idea of what she was going to do → J'avais une assez bonne idée de ce qu'elle allait faire.
pretty soon → très bientôt
pretty soon after → peu de temps après
He left pretty soon after my arrival → Il est parti peu de temps après mon arrivée.
pretty well → plutôt bien
I'm pretty well at the moment, thanks → Je vais plutôt bien en ce moment, merci.
pretty bad → plutôt mauvais(e)
That film was pretty bad → Ce film était plutôt mauvais.
pretty awful
The weather was pretty awful → Il faisait un temps assez épouvantable.
to be sitting pretty → pouvoir dormir sur ses deux oreilles
He is sitting pretty financially → Financièrement, il peut dormir sur ses deux oreilles.

pretty

adj (+er)
hübsch, nett; manners, compliment, speechartig; to be pretty (also pej: man) → hübsch sein; a pretty man (pej)ein Schönling m; to make oneself prettysich hübsch machen; I’m not just a pretty face! (inf)ich bin gar nicht so dumm (wie ich aussehe) (inf); she’s not just a pretty face! (inf)sie hat auch Köpfchen!; pretty Polly! (to parrot) → Lora, Lora!; it wasn’t prettydas war alles andere als schön; it wasn’t a pretty sightdas war kein schöner Anblick; pretty-pretty (inf)niedlich
(inf)hübsch, schön (inf); price, sumhübsch, stolz; it’ll cost a pretty pennydas wird eine schöne Stange Geld kosten (inf); a pretty state of affairseine schöne Geschichte; a pretty mess we’re in!da sitzen wir ganz schön in der Tinte! (inf); say pretty pleasesag mal schön bitte
adv (= rather)ziemlich; good alsoganz; (= very also)ganz schön (inf), → ganz hübsch (inf); pretty damn or damned good/quickverdammt gut/schnell (inf), → ganz schön gut/schnell; pretty nearly or well finishedso gut wie or so ziemlich fertig (inf); how’s your job/the patient? — pretty much the samewas macht die Arbeit/der Patient? — so ziemlich wie immer/immer noch so ziemlich gleich
n my prettymein Sternchen
vt (inf) to pretty upschön machen, verschönern

pretty

[ˈprɪtɪ]
1. adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) → grazioso/a, carino/a
he wasn't a pretty sight → non era bello da vedersi
it'll cost you a pretty penny! (fam) → ti costerà una bella sommetta!
2. adv (rather) → piuttosto; (very) → molto
pretty well (not badly) → piuttosto bene
pretty nearly (almost) → quasi, praticamente
it's pretty much the same (fam) → è praticamente uguale

pretty

(ˈpriti) adjective
1. (not usually of boys and men) pleasing or attractive. a pretty girl/tune/picture/dress.
2. used jokingly. This is a pretty mess!
adverb
rather. That's pretty good; He's pretty old now.
ˈprettily adverb
ˈprettiness noun
pretty much the same, pretty much alike etc
more or less the same, alike etc.
pretty well
nearly. I've pretty well finished.

pretty

إِلى حَدٍّ مَعْقُول, لَطِيف hezký, poměrně køn, ret hübsch, ziemlich αρκετά, ωραίος bastante, bonito kaunis, melko joli, plutôt ljepuškast, prilično abbastanza, carino かなり, きれいな 상당히, 예쁜 behoorlijk, knap ganske, pen całkiem, ładny bonito, razoavelmente достаточно, хорошенький ganska, söt พอใช้ได้, สวย bayağı, hoş khá, xinh 漂亮的, 相当
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