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Definizione monolingua e traduzione pretty

Inglese grammatica



pretty (third-person singular simple present pretties, present participle prettying, simple past and past participle prettied)

  1. To make pretty; to beautify
    • 2007, Eric Knight, Lassie Come-Home[1], ISBN 0312371314, page 29:
      He sat on the hearth rug and began prettying the dogs coat.

pretty (plural pretties)

  1. Something that is pretty.
    ""Well stop at the knife store a look at the sharp pretties.
    • 1939, Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, and Edgar Allan Woolf, The Wizard of Oz
      Ill get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!

pretty (comparative prettier, superlative prettiest)

  1. Cunning; clever, skilful. [from 9th c.]
    • 1877, George Hesekiel and Bayard Taylor, Bismarck his Authentic Biography, p. 380:
      In the end, however, it was a very pretty shot, right across the chasm; killed first fire, and the brute fell headlong into the brook [...].
  2. Pleasant in sight or other senses; attractive, especially of women or children. [from 15th c.]
    • 2010, Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 4 Feb 2010:
      To escape a violent beating from sailors to whom he has sold a non-­functioning car, Jerry takes his stepfamily for a holiday in a trailer park miles away, where, miraculously, young Nick meets a very pretty young woman called Sheeni, played by Portia Doubleday.
  3. Of objects or things: nice-looking, appealing. [from 15th c.]
    • 2010, Lia Leendertz, The Guardian, 13 Feb 2010:
      Petit Posy brassicas [...] are a cross between kale and brussels sprouts, and are really very pretty with a mild, sweet taste.
  4. (often pejorative) Fine-looking; only superficially attractive; initially appealing but having little substance. [from 15th c.]
    • 1962, ""New Life for the Liberals"", Time, 28 Sep 1962:
      Damned by the Socialists as ""traitors to the working class,"" its leaders were decried by Tories as ""faceless peddlers of politics with a pretty little trinket for every taste.""
  5. (dated) Moderately large; considerable. [from 15th c.]
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, I.2.4.vii:
      they flung all the goods in the house out at the windows into the street, or into the sea, as they supposed; thus they continued mad a pretty season [...].
    • 2004, ""Because Theyre Worth it"", Time, 26 Jan 04:
      ""What did you do to your hair?"" The answer could be worth a pretty penny for LOreal.
  6. (dated) Excellent, commendable, pleasing; fitting or proper (of actions, thoughts etc.). [from 16th c.]
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, Boston 1867, p. 75:
      Some people are surprised, I believe, that that the eldest was not [named after his father], but Isabella would have him named Henry, which I thought very pretty of her.
    • 1926, Ernest Hemingway, The sun also rises‎‎, page 251:
      ""Oh, Jake."" Brett said, ""we could have had such a damned good time together."" Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me. ""Yes"", I said. ""Isnt it pretty to think so?""
  7. (sarcastic) Awkward, unpleasant. [from 16th c.]
    • 1931, ""Done to a Turn"", Time, 26 Jan 1931:
      His sadistic self-torturings finally landed him in a pretty mess: still completely married, practically sure he was in love with Tillie, he made dishonorable proposals of marriage to two other women.

pretty (not comparable)

  1. Somewhat, fairly, quite; used as a mild intensifier of adjectives and adverbs.
    • 1859, Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, I:
      It seems pretty clear that organic beings must be exposed during several generations to the new conditions of life to cause any appreciable amount of variation [...].
  2. somewhat, fairly; contrasted with greater intensifiers.
    Its pretty good, but not outstanding.
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