—adj. 1. pleasing or attractive to the eye, as by delicacy or gracefulness: a pretty face. 2. (of things, places, etc.) pleasing to the eye, esp. without grandeur.
3. pleasing to the ear: a pretty tune. 4. pleasing to the mind or aesthetic taste: He writes pretty little stories. 5. (often used ironically) fine; grand: This is a pretty mess! 6. Informal.considerable; fairly great: This accident will cost him a pretty sum. 7. Archaic or Scot.brave; hardy.
—n. 1. Usually, pretties. pretty ornaments, clothes, etc.
2. a pretty person: Sit down, my pretty.
—adv. 1. fairly or moderately: Her work was pretty good. 2. quite; very: The wind blew pretty hard. 3. Informal.prettily.
4. sitting pretty,Informal. a. in an advantageous position.
b. well-to-do; successful.
—v.t. to make pretty; improve the appearance of (sometimes fol. by up): to pretty oneself for a party; to pretty up a room.