Webster 1913 Edition
prætig, crafty, sly, akin to
prætt, deceit, trickery, Icel.
prettra trick; probably fr. Latin, perhaps through Celtic; cf. W.
praithact, deed, practice, LL.
practicaexecution, practice, plot. See
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;
This is the
Ran on the greensward.
prettiestlowborn lass that ever
Ran on the greensward.
Moderately large; considerable;“Wavering a pretty while.”
as, he had saved a.
Affectedly nice; foppish; – used in an ill sense.
prettygentleman is the most complaisant in the world.
Mean; despicable; contemptible; – used ironically;
Stout; strong and brave; intrepid; valiant.
[He] observed they were
prettymen, meaning not handsome.
Sir W. Scott.
Syn. – Elegant; neat; fine. See
In some degree; moderately; considerably; rather; almost; – less emphatic than very;
as, I am
prettysure of the fact;
Prettyplainly professes himself a sincere Christian.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Having diminutive beauty; of a pleasing form with the strong lines of beauty, or without gratefulness and dignity; as a pretty face; a pretty person; a pretty flower.
The pretty gentleman is the most complaisant creature in the world.
That which is little can be but pretty, and by claiming dignity becomes ridiculous.
2.Neat and appropriate without magnificence or splendor; as a pretty dress.
3.Handsome; neatly arranged or ornamented; as a pretty flower bed.
4.Neat; elegant without elevation or grandeur; as a pretty tale or story; a pretty song or composition.
5.Sly; crafty; as, he has played his friend a pretty trick. This seems to be the sense of the word in this phrase, according with the Saxon proetig. And hence perhaps the phrase, a pretty fellow.
6.Small; diminutive; in contempt. He will make a pretty figure in a triumph.
7.Not very small; moderately large; as a pretty way off.
Cut off the stalks of cucumbers immediately after their bearing,close by the earth, and then cast a pretty quantity of earth upon the plant, and they will bear next year before the ordinary time. [Not in use.]
The writer pretty plainly professes himself a sincere christian.