• Pretty. Neapolitan
    Pretty. Neapolitan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prettiness the quality of being appealing in a delicate or graceful way (of a girl or young woman)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

My Pretty Maid music My Pretty Maid music
Everything vanished and, instead, there appeared a pretty little peasant's cottage Everything vanished and, instead, there appeared a pretty little peasant's cottage
It was rather a pretty little picture It was rather a pretty little picture

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In WWII, when allied armies reached the Rhine River the first thing men did was pee in it. This was pretty universal from the lowest private to Winston Churchill (who made a big show of it). Gen. Patton had himself photographed in the act
    • n Prettiness The quality or state of being pretty; -- used sometimes in a disparaging sense. "A style . . . without sententious pretension or antithetical prettiness ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The curvature of the earth is pretty close to eight inches every mile, or 66 feet every hundred miles.
    • n prettiness Pleasantness; agreeableness.
    • n prettiness The state or quality of being pretty, or pleasing to the esthetic sense; especially, the effect of beauty in its slighter, more delicate, and more evanescent forms; the charm of grace, harmony, delicacy, or neatness, as presented to the sight or the hearing; diminutive or dainty beauty: as, the prettiness of a picture or a tune; the prettiness of a gesture, a dimple, or a lisp.
    • n prettiness Neatness and taste bestowed on small objects; hence, often, petty elegance; affected niceness; finicalness; foppishness.
    • n prettiness That which is pretty; a pretty thing or person: generally in a depreciative sense, as suggesting pettiness.
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  • Ava Gardner
    Ava Gardner
    “Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.”
  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnson
    “We do pretty much whatever we want to.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you've enjoyed a little and endured a lot, you've really done pretty well.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    “It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.”
  • Steve Martin
    Steve Martin
    “Comedy may be big business but it isn't pretty.”


A pretty penny - If something costs a pretty penny, it is very expensive.
Come to a pretty pass - If something has come to a pretty pass, then it is in a difficult, unfavourable or negative situation.
Sit pretty - Someone who's sitting pretty is in a very advantageous situation.


In literature:

I'm pretty well tired of Prospect and I haven't got anything to hold me here.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
It's getting late and pretty soon Dad and Aunt Maria will be coming upstairs.
"Tabitha at Ivy Hall" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Polly Neefit was as pretty a girl as you shall wish to see, and he knew that she was pretty.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
She looked pretty much the same as ever, I thought, and was taking care of a very pretty little boy.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
She'll need her room pretty and spick-and-span; she won't get much of that sort of thing at The Dales.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
They looked very pretty!
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Several of the men in that are pretty well off, you know, and they have their own flying machines.
"The Boy Scout Automobilists" by Robert Maitland
Sophy was not, pretty.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Rentals are pretty high.
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Pretty piece, too, and pretty music.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White

In poetry:

Come, weep no more, for 'tis in vain;
Torment not thus your pretty heart;
Think, Flavia, we may meet again,
As well as that we now must part.
"Songs Set To Music: 4. Set" by Matthew Prior
WHERE hast thou been, thou pretty Flower,
That ne'er before I found thee?
For whom has nature deck'd thee thus,
And cast such charm around thee?
"Sent To A Friend With A Wild Flower, Called "The Simpler's Joy"" by Caroline Fry
But then I love teacher, too, dearly,
She’s always so lovely to me,
And she’s pretty and kind and sweet-tempered,
And gentle as gentle can be.
"Why I Went To The Foot" by Ellis Parker Butler
An' if then thi pretty face,
Greets me smilin';
Aw may come an' sit bith' place,
Time beguilin';
Glad to think aw'd paar to be,
Of some use, if but to thee.
"To A Daisy, Found Blooming March 7th" by John Hartley
To every one this answer she made,
Wherefore unto her they joyfully said,--
"This thing to fulfil we all do agree:
But where dwells thy father, my pretty Bessee?"
"The Beggar's Daughter Of Bethnal Green" by Henry Morley
"His marks and his tokens are known very well;
He always is led with a dog and a bell:
A seely old man, God knoweth, is he,
Yet he is the father of pretty Bessee."
"The Beggar's Daughter Of Bethnal Green" by Henry Morley

In news:

'I'm pretty sarcastic, so people that don't know me may think I'm a bitch,' she says in the Rolling Stone Hot List Issue.
In fact, the people in that part of the city are generally pretty okay.
(When Steven Seagal says, "Go to," it's a pretty good bet he didn't say "bed.
The scene got pretty 'Wicked'.
Still, to the 14-year-old me in 1954, and to many thousands of others, the adventures in Honolulu of this blonde from Mississippi seemed pretty hot.
'Breaking Bad' Season 5 Secrets: 'It's a Bloodbath … Not Going to End Pretty'.
The name is pretty grisly.
In real life my motor skills are pretty much limited to walking.
As far as cabbages go, baby bok choy are pretty darn irresistible.
Fabio's Got A Real Pretty Mouth, Too.
The shopping ops are great — pretty produce from Tom Spicer's FM 1410.
In the end, it's pretty simple.
Almost, but not quite, because this boner prank is pretty hilarious.
As linebacker for and defensive captain of the Cincinnati Bengals, Dhani Jones' Sundays are pretty much booked up for the next few months.
The outlook is pretty bleak, too.

In science:

SL program, a parser and a pretty-printer of the ob ject-language are generated from the signature part, and a reduction machine based on patternmatching automata is generated from the semantic rules.
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation
In this paper, we propose pretty-simple protocol which is based on the difficulty of solving DDH problem.
Pretty-Simple Password-Authenticated Key-Exchange Protocol
In Figure 23, we give typing rules to co pe with type parameters in strategy definitions and combinator applications. T he formalisation is pretty standard.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
It is therefore pretty clear that in order to make sense of an ob ject such as RV ectn(S ), schemes and algebraic stacks are not enough, and one should look for a more general definition of spaces.
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
In the standard Quantum Mechanics (QM) and the Quantum Field Theory (QFT) the spacetime coordinates are pretty classical variables.
Generally covariant Quantum Mechanics