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. [1913 Webster]

This is the prettiest lowborn lass that ever Ran on the greensward. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Moderately large; considerable; as, he had saved a pretty fortune. ``Wavering a pretty while.'' --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

3. Affectedly nice; foppish; -- used in an ill sense. [1913 Webster]

The pretty gentleman is the most complaisant in the world. --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

4. Mean; despicable; contemptible; -- used ironically; as, a pretty trick; a pretty fellow. [1913 Webster]

5. Stout; strong and brave; intrepid; valiant. [Scot.] [1913 Webster]

[He] observed they were pretty men, meaning not handsome. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Elegant; neat; fine. See {Handsome}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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