pretty ( prettier comparative) ( prettiest superlative )
1 adj If you describe someone, especially a girl, as pretty, you mean that they look nice and are attractive in a delicate way.
She's a very charming and very pretty girl.
She smiled again, prettily.
Her prettiness had been much admired.
2 adj A place or a thing that is pretty is attractive and pleasant, in a charming but not particularly unusual way.
Whitstable is still a very pretty little town.
The living-room was prettily decorated.
...shells of quite unbelievable prettiness.
3 adv You can use pretty before an adjective or adverb to mean `quite' or `rather'.
INFORMAL ADV adj/adv
I had a pretty good idea what she was going to do..., Pretty soon after my arrival I found lodgings.
4 Pretty much or pretty well means `almost'.
pretty much/pretty well phrase
His new government looks pretty much like the old one...
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