adjective, pret·ti·er, pret·ti·est.
noun, plural pret·ties.
verb (used with object), pret·tied, pret·ty·ing.
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Idioms for pretty
- in an advantageous position.
- well-to-do; successful.
Origin of pretty
synonym study for pretty
usage note for pretty
OTHER WORDS FROM pretty
Words nearby pretty
Definition for sitting pretty (2 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for sitting pretty (1 of 2)
adjective -tier or -tiest
noun plural -ties
verb -ties, -tying or -tied
Derived forms of prettyprettily, adverbprettiness, noun
Word Origin for pretty
British Dictionary definitions for sitting pretty (2 of 2)
Cultural definitions for sitting pretty
In a favorable position: “Abby finally got that promotion, and now she's sitting pretty.”
Idioms and Phrases with sitting pretty (1 of 2)
In an advantageous position; also, financially well off. For example, The terms of the will left Mary sitting pretty. Although the use of pretty in the sense of “advantageous” is much older, this colloquialism dates only from the early 1900s. It was given extra currency as the title of two different musicals, Sittin' Pretty (M. Moore, 1921) and Sitting Pretty (G. Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, 1924).
Idioms and Phrases with sitting pretty (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with pretty
- pretty as a picture
- pretty much
- pretty penny, a
- in a fix (pretty pickle)
- kettle of fish, pretty
- sitting pretty