prettiness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prettiness - the quality of being appealing in a delicate or graceful way (of a girl or young woman)
beauty - the qualities that give pleasure to the senses
Translations
جاذِبِيَّه، ظَرافَه، وَسامَه
půvab
pænhed
fríîleiki

prettiness

[ˈprɪtinɪs] n [baby, child, woman] → beauté f; [place, object] → beauté f

prettiness

n (= pretty appearance)hübsches Aussehen; (of place) → Schönheit f; (= charm) (of woman)Anmut f, → Schönheit f; (of manners, compliment etc)Artigkeit f; the prettiness of her hair/faceihr hübsches Haar/Gesicht

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.
References in classic literature ?
Pearl's aspect was imbued with a spell of infinite variety; in this one child there were many children, comprehending the full scope between the wild-flower prettiness of a peasant-baby, and the pomp, in little, of an infant princess.
Perfect love has a breath of poetry which can exalt the relations of the least-instructed human beings; and this breath of poetry had surrounded Eppie from the time when she had followed the bright gleam that beckoned her to Silas's hearth; so that it is not surprising if, in other things besides her delicate prettiness, she was not quite a common village maiden, but had a touch of refinement and fervour which came from no other teaching than that of tenderly-nurtured unvitiated feeling.
She was a sprightly young woman, very smart and merry and decorously voluptuous, and of that fascinating prettiness that wins the hearts of boys and storms the footlights.
She made rapid progress and charmed everybody with her prettiness, her grace of manner and her genuine eagerness to please.
he said echoing the other's words--then added, "But not so bad a build for all his prettiness.
And then, looking more nearly into their features, I saw some further peculiarities in their Dresden-china type of prettiness.
He thought her prettiness comparable to the loveliest things in confectionery; he judged her to be of submissive temper--likely to wait upon him as well as if she had been a negress, and to be silently terrified when his liver made him irritable; and he considered the Palfrey family quite the best in the parish, possessing marriageable daughters.
The round downy chicks peeping out from under their mother's wing never touched Hetty with any pleasure; that was not the sort of prettiness she cared about, but she did care about the prettiness of the new things she would buy for herself at Treddleston Fair with the money they fetched.
They were too handsome themselves to dislike any woman for being so too, and were almost as much charmed as their brothers with her lively dark eye, clear brown complexion, and general prettiness.
MABEL CHILTERN is a perfect example of the English type of prettiness, the apple-blossom type.
which probably had been thought to give the finishing touch to the aristocratic prettiness of the Lady Emmeline Atheling as represented, forty years before, in several Books of Beauty.
Had she been less beautiful,--if Envy's self could have found aught else to sneer at,--he might have felt his affection heightened by the prettiness of this mimic hand, now vaguely portrayed, now lost, now stealing forth again and glimmering to and fro with every pulse of emotion that throbbed within her heart; but seeing her otherwise so perfect, he found this one defect grow more and more intolerable with every moment of their united lives.