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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. pleasing by delicacy or grace; not imposing;
- Example: "pretty girl"
- Example: "pretty song"
- Example: "pretty room"

2. (used ironically) unexpectedly bad;
- Example: "a pretty mess"
- Example: "a pretty kettle of fish"


ADVERB (1)

1. to a moderately sufficient extent or degree;
- Example: "pretty big"
- Example: "pretty bad"
- Example: "jolly decent of him"
- Example: "the shoes are priced reasonably"
- Example: "he is fairly clever with computers"
[syn: reasonably, moderately, pretty, jolly, somewhat, fairly, middling, passably]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] Pretty plainly professes himself a sincere Christian. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

pretty adv 1: to a moderately sufficient extent or degree; "pretty big"; "pretty bad"; "jolly decent of him"; "the shoes are priced reasonably"; "he is fairly clever with computers" [syn: reasonably, moderately, pretty, jolly, somewhat, fairly, middling, passably] [ant: immoderately, unreasonably] adj 1: pleasing by delicacy or grace; not imposing; "pretty girl"; "pretty song"; "pretty room" 2: (used ironically) unexpectedly bad; "a pretty mess"; "a pretty kettle of fish"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

99 Moby Thesaurus words for "pretty": a bit, a little, acceptably, adequately, adroit, aesthetic, aesthetically appealing, almighty, appealing, attractive, awfully, beauteous, beautiful, bonny, catchy, charming, clever, comely, cunning, cute, darling, decently, die, ducky, dulcet, elegant, endowed with beauty, euphonious, exceedingly, exquisite, extremely, eye-filling, fair, fairishly, fairly, fairly well, fetching, fine, flowerlike, good, good-looking, graceful, gracile, handsome, harmonious, heavy, in a measure, in a way, in some measure, incredibly, just, kind of, lovely, lyrical, mellifluous, melodic, melodious, mightily, mighty, moderately, more or less, musical, only too, passably, plaything, powerful, powerfully, presentably, pretty much, pretty well, pulchritudinous, quite, rather, real, really, reasonably, respectably, right, satisfactorily, scarcely, slightly, so, some, something, somewhat, sort of, terribly, terrifically, to a degree, to some extent, tolerably, toy, tuneful, unexceptionably, very, well enough, wicked, winsome, workmanlike