• WordNet 3.6
    • adv prettily in a pretty manner "all this is most prettily done"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Prettily In a pretty manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prettily In a cunning manner; cunningly; cleverly.
    • prettily Excellently; well.
    • prettily In a pretty or pleasing manner; with neatness and taste; pleasingly; gracefully.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Prettily in a pretty manner: pleasingly: elegantly: neatly
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  • Francis Bacon
    “It was prettily devised of Aesop, The fly sat on the axle tree of the chariot wheel and said, what dust do I raise!”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. prættig, tricky—prætt, trickery; prob. Low L. practicus—Gr. praktikosprattein, to do.


In literature:

Other humans have written prettily about women: it was common for Romans to do so.
"Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
Why, I can't help smiling at people, and speaking prettily to them.
"Lady Audley's Secret" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
And just notice how prettily these ladies at the next table speak to the waiter.
"What Katy Did Next" by Susan Coolidge
Says 'Thank you' rather prettily?
"The Gentleman From Indiana" by Booth Tarkington
The latter laughed prettily.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
She stood up when he spoke; her sleeves were turned prettily back upon her fair round arms.
"The Spenders" by Harry Leon Wilson
Her little house was always neat and comfortable, and the small parlor was nicely and rather prettily furnished.
"Harriet, The Moses of Her People" by Sarah H. Bradford
She answered my welcome very prettily.
"Carmilla" by J. Sheridan LeFanu
She had a prettily marked face, and she was waving her large tail like a flag, and mewing kindly to greet her mistress.
"Beautiful Joe" by by Marshall Saunders
He cuts out paper so prettily, and he has drawn me the sweetest pattern for an apron.
"Damon and Delia" by William Godwin
Kiss me, my pet; bid papa good night very prettily, so that he may not feel worried in leaving you.
"Fruitfulness Fecondite" by Emile Zola
It was written at Ravenna, and at the suggestion of the Guiccioli, to whom it is dedicated in a sonnet, prettily but inharmoniously turned.
"The Life of Lord Byron" by John Galt
She was a tall girl, prettily formed, one of those girls with long limbs, narrow, delicate feet and ankles.
"The Green Mouse" by Robert W. Chambers
Now speak prettily to my old friends.
"Children's Classics In Dramatic Form" by Augusta Stevenson
It was only a small place, but very prettily laid out.
"Christie, the King's Servant" by Mrs. O. F. Walton
Cowley, she said, had defined it prettily by negatives.
"Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Her Hair was cut and divided very prettily, with several Ribbons stuck up and down in it.
"The Spectator, Volume 2." by Addison and Steele
It is prettily situated among green declivities.
"Letters of a Traveller" by William Cullen Bryant
Yon brigantine is prettily handled!
"The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas" by James Fenimore Cooper
When Lady Ethelrida came down to tea, her sweet face was prettily flushed, for she was quite unused to caresses and the kisses of a man.
"The Reason Why" by Elinor Glyn

In poetry:

When I met her again
And saw her nails
Prettily purpled,
I reproached her for making up
When I was not there.
"Her Nails" by Edward Powys Mathers
How plain and prettily he asked:
"Dear mamma, when's 'Tonight'?
O when will come my dear papa
And bring a penny bright?"
"My Boy" by Morris Rosenfeld
It is the milestone on life's road
Where we may lay our burdens down, and take
A look at souvenirs, for love's dear sake
So prettily bestowed.
"Christmas-Tide" by Hattie Howard
That oblong of wall-paper wan!
And while she prattled prettily
I sensed the red light going on,
So I refused a cup of tea,
And took my gold-topped cane and hat—
My going seemed to leave her flat.
"Horatio" by Robert W Service
She "softly added"; "she alleged";
He "consciously invited";
She "then corrected"; William "hedged";
She "prettily recited";
She "nodded," "stormed," and "acquiesced";
He "promised," "hastened," and "confessed."
"Monotonous Variety" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Therefore the mooning world is gratified,
Quoting how prettily we sigh and swear;
And you and I, correctly side by side,
Shall live as lovers when our bones are bare
And though we lie forever enemies,
Shall rank with Abelard and Heloise.
"The Immortals" by Dorothy Parker

In news:

Everything at the Country Inn at High View was just so — pristine and perfect and oh-so-prettily put together.
"Our freedom belongs to the troops," warned the prettily lettered sign in front of someone's Garden Grove Boulevard home on the long, lovely Memorial Day weekend.
Spring's rosy makeup and rose-infused scents aren't just prettily packaged—they'll also leave you looking radiant and smelling sweet.
There are lots of prettily-packaged options at Big Island Candies' pop-up shop at Ala Moana, but the Hawaiian Red Chili toffee ($11.25) stands out.
It's actually part of our job description: "Must be able to turn own waste into prettily phrased collection of buzzwords and underused adjectives".
A prettily charming Southern -flavored home in Atlanta.