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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Pretty  \Pret"ty\,  adv 
  In  some  degree;  moderately;  considerably;  rather;  almost;  -- 
  less  emphatic  than  very  as  I  am  pretty  sure  of  the  fact 
  pretty  cold  weather. 
 
  Pretty  plainly  professes  himself  a  sincere  Christian. 
  --Atterbury. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Pretty  \Pret"ty\,  a.  [Compar.  {Prettier};  superl.  {Prettiest}.] 
  [OE.  prati,  AS  pr[ae]ttig,  pr[ae]tig,  crafty,  sly,  akin  to 
  pr[ae]t,  pr[ae]tt,  deceit,  trickery,  Icel.  prettugr  tricky, 
  prettr  a  trick;  probably  fr  Latin,  perhaps  through  Celtic; 
  cf  W.  praith  act  deed,  practice,  LL  practica  execution, 
  practice,  plot.  See  {Practice}.] 
  1.  Pleasing  by  delicacy  or  grace;  attracting,  but  not 
  striking  or  impressing;  of  a  pleasing  and  attractive  form 
  a  color;  having  slight  or  diminutive  beauty;  neat  or 
  elegant  without  elevation  or  grandeur;  pleasingly,  but  not 
  grandly,  conceived  or  expressed;  as  a  pretty  face;  a 
  pretty  flower;  a  pretty  poem. 
 
  This  is  the  prettiest  lowborn  lass  that  ever  Ran  on 
  the  greensward.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Moderately  large  considerable;  as  he  had  saved  a  pretty 
  fortune.  ``Wavering  a  pretty  while.''  --Evelyn. 
 
  3.  Affectedly  nice;  foppish;  --  used  in  an  ill  sense 
 
  The  pretty  gentleman  is  the  most  complaisant  in  the 
  world.  --Spectator. 
 
  4.  Mean  despicable;  contemptible;  --  used  ironically;  as  a 
  pretty  trick;  a  pretty  fellow. 
 
  5.  Stout;  strong  and  brave;  intrepid;  valiant.  [Scot.] 
 
  [He]  observed  they  were  pretty  men,  meaning  not 
  handsome.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  Syn:  Elegant;  neat;  fine.  See  {Handsome}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  pretty 
  adj  1:  pleasing  by  delicacy  or  grace;  not  imposing;  "pretty  girl"; 
  "pretty  song";  "pretty  room" 
  2:  used  ironically;  "a  fine  mess";  "a  pretty  kettle  of  fish" 
  [syn:  {fine}] 
  adv  :  intensifier,  as  in  "pretty  big";  "pretty  bad";  (`jolly'  is 
  used  informally  in  Britain  as  in  "jolly  decent  of  him") 
  [syn:  {jolly}] 




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