Pleasant in sight or other senses; attractive, especially of women or children. from 15th c.
Of objects or things: nice-looking, appealing. from 15th c.
Fine-looking; only superficially attractive; initially appealing but having little substance; see petty. from 15th c.
Cunning; clever, skilful. from 9th c.
Moderately large; considerable. from 15th c.
Excellent, commendable, pleasing; fitting or proper (of actions, thoughts etc.). from 16th c.
Awkward, unpleasant. from 16th c.
Somewhat, fairly, quite; sometimes also (by meiosis) very.
Prettily, in a pretty manner.
A pretty person; a term of address to a pretty person.
Something that is pretty.
“”We’ll stop at the knife store a look at the sharp pretties.””
To make pretty; to beautify
Attractive and possessing beauty.
“Anyone who has ever met her thought she was absolutely beautiful.”
“There’s a beautiful lake by the town.”
“It’s beautiful outside, let’s go for a walk.”
“The skater performed a beautiful axel.”
(of a person, especially a woman or child) attractive in a delicate way without being truly beautiful
“a pretty little girl with an engaging grin”
(of a thing) pleasing to the eye or the ear
“a pretty summer dress”
used ironically to express annoyance or displeasure
“he led me a pretty dance”
to a moderately high degree; fairly
“he looked pretty fit for his age”
“it was a pretty bad injury”
an attractive thing, especially a trinket
“he buys her lots of pretties—bangles and rings”
used to refer in a condescending way to an attractive person
“six pretties in sequined leotards”
make pretty or attractive
“she’ll be all prettied up and ready to go in an hour”