Meaning of PRETTY in English

PRETTY

transcription, транскрипция: [ prɪti ]

( prettier, prettiest)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

1.

If you describe someone, especially a girl, as pretty , you mean that they look nice and are attractive in a delicate way.

She’s a very charming and very pretty girl.

ADJ

• pret‧ti‧ly

She smiled again, prettily.

ADV

• pret‧ti‧ness

Her prettiness had been much admired.

N-UNCOUNT

2.

A place or a thing that is pretty is attractive and pleasant, in a charming but not particularly unusual way.

Whitstable is still a very pretty little town.

ADJ

• pret‧ti‧ly

The living-room was prettily decorated.

ADV

• pret‧ti‧ness

...shells of quite unbelievable prettiness.

N-UNCOUNT

3.

You can use pretty before an adjective or adverb to mean ‘quite’ or ‘rather’. ( INFORMAL )

I had a pretty good idea what she was going to do...

Pretty soon after my arrival I found lodgings.

ADV : ADV adj / adv

4.

Pretty much or pretty well means ‘almost’. ( INFORMAL )

His new government looks pretty much like the old one...

PHRASE

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