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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.
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.
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.
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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
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[ˈprɪtinɪs] n [baby, child, woman] → beauté f; [place, object] → beauté f
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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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


(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!
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.
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References in classic literature ?
"Nay, sure, madam," answered Sophia, "one can't suspect after what he hath done;--besides, if your ladyship observed him, there was an elegance in his discourse, a delicacy, a prettiness of expression that, that "
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.
"They're cold and flabby, like cabbages, in spite of their prettiness."
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.
"By my troth, a gay bird!" he said echoing the other's words--then added, "But not so bad a build for all his prettiness. Look you, those calves and thighs are well rounded and straight.
There still faintly beamed from the woman's features something of the freshness, and even the prettiness, of her youth; rendering it probable that the personal charms which Tess could boast of were in main part her mother's gift, and therefore unknightly, unhistorical.
They were all dressed for dinner, and, indeed, the prettiness of the dinner-table merited that compliment.
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.
`And then, looking more nearly into their features, I saw some further peculiarities in their Dresden-china type of prettiness. Their hair, which was uniformly curly, came to a sharp end at the neck and cheek; there was not the faintest suggestion of it on the face, and their ears were singularly minute.
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. Had she been tall, full formed, and fair, it might have been more of a trial: but as it was, there could be no comparison; and she was most allowably a sweet, pretty girl, while they were the finest young women in the country.
Like most of their generation they were obsessed by the fear of the picturesque, and they turned their backs on the obvious beauty of the town to seek subjects which were devoid of a prettiness they despised.
"Truly, his clothes have overmuch prettiness for my taste," quoth Arthur a Bland, "but, ne'ertheless, his shoulders are broad and his loins are narrow, and seest thou, good master, how that his arms hang from his body?