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Idioms about pretty

    sitting pretty, Informal.
    1. in an advantageous position.
    2. well-to-do; successful.

Origin of pretty

before 1000; Middle English prati(e), pratte, prettie cunning, gallant, fine, handsome, pretty; Old English pr忙ttig, prett墨 cunning, derivative of pr牵tt a trick, wile (cognate with Dutch part, pret trick, prank, Old Norse prettr trick, prettugr tricky)

usage note for pretty

The qualifying adverb pretty, meaning 鈥渇airly or moderately鈥 has been in general use since the late 16th century. Although most common in informal speech and writing, it is far from restricted to them, and often is less stilted than alternatives such as relatively, moderately, and quite.

OTHER WORDS FROM pretty

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Something or someone that is pretty is pleasing to the eye. But calling someone pretty isn鈥檛 quite the same as calling them beautiful, handsome, or lovely. Find out why on Thesaurus.com.

How to use pretty in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pretty

Derived forms of pretty

prettily, adverbprettiness, noun

Word Origin for pretty

Old English pr忙ttig clever; related to Middle Low German prattich obstinate, Dutch prettig glad, Old Norse prettugr cunning
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Other Idioms and Phrases with pretty

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