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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 ?
Wall, said the landlord, fetching a long breath, that's a purty long sarmon for a chap that rips a little now and then.
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.
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.
Tisn't often I have a chance to sit down with two such sweet, purty ladies.
Thank you @degrisogono_official and Fawaz Gruosi for my purty jewelry," Selena captioned the picture making it obvious with her hashtag #PFW that she was headed for Paris Fashion Week.
Well, the "handles" on these Elos Bs are purty as a newborn pup.
WEDNESDAY THE NUTTY PROFESSOR ITV2 8PM When the beautiful Carla Purty joins the university faculty where the overweight Dr Sherman Klump (Eddie Murphy) works, he drinks his new fat-reducing serum to get into shape.
Vivekanandan M, Mani A, Sundara Priya Y, Singh AP, Jayakumar S, Purty S.
Time was, it was a purty fair little ol' cafe, and we made a right smart money for a while.
From 'City Lights,' where he sang about 'a purty picture,' to the beautiful pop-styled ballads like 'For The Good Times' and 'Night Life,' this man has been one of the greatest singers the Good Lord ever allowed to roam this earth.