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pur·ty

 (pûr′tē)
adj. Regional
Variant of pretty.
Our Living Language The regionalism purty is a classic example of metathesis, a linguistic process in which two adjacent sounds are reversed in order. Metathesis in English often involves the consonant r and a vowel, since the phonetic properties of r are so vowellike. For example, the word third used to be thrid, and bird, brid. By the same process, English pretty often came to be realized as purty in regional speech. Most such words stabilized because of the influence of printing and the resultant standardized spelling, but purty for pretty has survived in regional American dialects.

purty

(ˈpɜːtɪ)
adj, -tier or -tiest
pretty
adv
very
References in classic literature ?
And it is ralelly more than three fut and a bit that there is, inny how, of the little ould furrener Frinchman that lives jist over the way, and that's a oggling and a goggling the houl day, (and bad luck to him,) at the purty widdy Misthress Tracle that's my own nixt-door neighbor, (God bliss her
The truth of the houl matter is jist simple enough; for the very first day that I com'd from Connaught, and showd my swate little silf in the strait to the widdy, who was looking through the windy, it was a gone case althegither with the heart o' the purty Misthress Tracle.
He had hoped to learn through this fellow whether his little son was aboard the Kincaid, but to every question upon this or kindred subjects the fellow returned but one reply, "Ay tank it blow purty soon purty hard.
We was a-standin' purty peaceable fer a spell, 'though there was men runnin' ev'ry way all 'round us, an' while we was a-standin' like that, 'long come a big fat feller.
Tisn't often I have a chance to sit down with two such sweet, purty ladies.
Wall, said the landlord, fetching a long breath, that's a purty long sarmon for a chap that rips a little now and then.
Caption: The Golden Book of Shootery: It's purty, but it's only guidance--not gospel.
Tenders are invited for Construction Of Road From Sri Pagala Purty House Towards Sri Sunil Sidhu House At Damu Hutting In Ward No.
Dean Sherry heads up the team normally but he is on a disco break this week, so I will be taking you through a real disco excursion with the help of Purty Loft and RiRa original scenester Mr Speedi D who did a tremendous job last week at keeping the Saturday night disco vibe alive in the old System venue.
They lack the ability to distinguish between a rumour and news," said a tribal filmmaker, Vinay Purty.
Stalin P, Senthilvel V, Kanimozhy K, Singh Z, Rajkamal R, Purty AJ.
Real nice gal you got there, sir, but it don't seem at all right for a girl that purty to think so much.