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Que a categoria em ENGLISH - ALTERNATIVE FORMS
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English - Alternative Forms

* pooty _(nonstandard)_ * purdy _(nonstandard)_ * pratty (dialectal) * prettie, pretie (obsolete)

  • pooty (nonstandard)
  • purdy (nonstandard)
  • pratty (dialectal)
  • prettie, pretie (obsolete)

Que a categoria em ENGLISH - ETYMOLOGY
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English - Etymology

Wikipedia From Middle English _prety_, _preti_, _praty_, _prati_, from Old English _prættiġ_ (“tricky, crafty, sly, cunning, wily, astute”), from Proto-Germanic _*prattugaz_ (“boastful, sly, slick, deceitful, tricky, cunning”), corresponding to _prat_ (“trick”) +‎ _-y_. Cognate with Dutch _prettig_ (“nice, pleasant”), Norwegian _prektig_ (“stately”), dialectal German (East Friesland) _prettig_ (“funny”), Low German _pratzig_ (“arrogant, boastful, haughty”), German _protzig_ (“showy, ostentatious, swanky, pretentious”), Icelandic _prettugur_ (“deceitful, tricky”). For the sense-development, compare _canny_, _clever_, _cute_.

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From Middle English prety, preti, praty, prati, from Old English prættiġ (“tricky, crafty, sly, cunning, wily, astute”), from Proto-Germanic *prattugaz (“boastful, sly, slick, deceitful, tricky, cunning”), corresponding to prat (“trick”) +‎ -y. Cognate with Dutch prettig (“nice, pleasant”), Norwegian prektig (“stately”), dialectal German (East Friesland) prettig (“funny”), Low German pratzig (“arrogant, boastful, haughty”), German protzig (“showy, ostentatious, swanky, pretentious”), Icelandic prettugur (“deceitful, tricky”). For the sense-development, compare canny, clever, cute.

Que a categoria em ENGLISH - PRONUNCIATION
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English - Pronunciation

* (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɪti/ * (US, dialectal) IPA(key): /ˈpɝti/ * (US, rare) IPA(key): /ˈpɹʊti/ * Rhymes: -ɪti

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɪti/
  • (US, dialectal) IPA(key): /ˈpɝti/
  • (US, rare) IPA(key): /ˈpɹʊti/
  • Rhymes: -ɪti

Que a categoria em ENGLISH - ADJECTIVE
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English - Adjective

PRETTY (_comparative_ PRETTIER, _superlative_ PRETTIEST) * Cunning; clever, skilful. [from 9th c.] * 1877, George Hesekiel and Bayard Taylor, _Bismarck his Authentic Biography_, page 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 [...]. * 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. * 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. * (often pejorative) Fine-looking; only superficially attractive; initially appealing but having little substance; see petty. [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." * (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

pretty (comparative prettier, superlative prettiest)

  1. Cunning; clever, skilful. [from 9th c.]
  2. Pleasant in sight or other senses; attractive, especially of women or children. [from 15th c.]
  3. Of objects or things: nice-looking, appealing. [from 15th c.]
  4. (often pejorative) Fine-looking; only superficially attractive; initially appealing but having little substance; see petty. [from 15th c.]
  5. (dated) Moderately large; considerable. [from 15th c.]
Que a categoria em ENGLISH - ADVERB
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English - Adverb

PRETTY (_not comparable_) * Somewhat, fairly, quite; sometimes also (by meiosis) very. * 1723, Charles Walker, _Memoirs of Sally Salisbury_, V: By the Sheets you have sent me to peruse, the Account you have given of her Birth and Parentage is PRETTY exact [...]. * 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 [...]. * 2002, Colin Jones, _The Great Nation_, Penguin 2003, page 539: The Revolutionary decade was a PRETTY challenging time for business. USAGE NOTES * When particularly stressed, the adverb _pretty_ serves almost to diminish the adjective or adverb that it modifies, by emphasizing that there are greater levels of intensity. DERIVED TERMS * pretty much * pretty well TRANSLATIONS

pretty (not comparable)

  1. Somewhat, fairly, quite; sometimes also (by meiosis) very.

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Que a categoria em ENGLISH - NOUN
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English - Noun

PRETTY (_plural_ PRETTIES) * Something that is pretty. _"We'll stop at the knife store a look at the sharp PRETTIES._ * 1939, Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, and Edgar Allan Woolf, _The Wizard of Oz_ I'll get you, my PRETTY, and your little dog, too!

pretty (plural pretties)

  1. Something that is pretty.
    "We'll stop at the knife store a look at the sharp pretties.

Que a categoria em ENGLISH - VERB
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English - Verb

PRETTY (_third-person singular simple present_ PRETTIES, _present participle_ PRETTYING, _simple past and past participle_ PRETTIED) * To make pretty; to beautify DERIVED TERMS * pretty up

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

  1. To make pretty; to beautify

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