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pretty

  

      adj   , -tier, -tiest  
1    pleasing or appealing in a delicate or graceful way  
2    dainty, neat, or charming  
3    Informal, often ironic   excellent, grand, or fine  
here's a pretty mess!     
4    Informal   lacking in masculinity; effeminate; foppish  
5    Archaic, or     (Scot)   vigorous or brave  
6       an archaic word for       elegant  
7    a pretty penny  
Informal   a large sum of money  
8    sitting pretty  
Informal   well placed or established financially, socially, etc.  
      n   pl   , -ties  
9    a pretty person or thing  
      adv  
10    Informal   fairly or moderately; somewhat  
11    Informal   quite or very  
      vb   , -ties, -tying, -tied  
12    tr; often foll by: up   to make pretty; adorn  
     (Old English prættig clever; related to Middle Low German prattich obstinate, Dutch prettig glad, Old Norse prettugr cunning)  
  prettily      adv  
  prettiness      n  


pretty-pretty  
      adj  
Informal   excessively or ostentatiously pretty  
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pretty

  

      adj  
1    appealing, attractive, beautiful, bonny, charming, comely, cute, fair, good-looking, graceful, lovely, personable  
2    bijou, dainty, delicate, elegant, fine, neat, nice, pleasing, tasteful, trim  
      adv  
3      (informal)   fairly, kind of     (informal)   moderately, quite, rather, reasonably, somewhat  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    plain, ugly, unattractive, unshapely, unsightly  

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