Basic+ Word of the Day: pretty

pretty (adjective, adverb) LISTEN

A pretty garden

If someone is pretty, it means that they look good to you. We usually use this word for women and girls but not men and boys.

  • There were lots of pretty girls at the party.

If something is pretty, it means that it looks good to you, usually in a cute or feminine way.

  • They bought a pretty little house in the country.

If something is pretty good (or pretty bad) it means that it was quite good, but not extremely.

  • That movie was pretty good.

Common uses

When we’re asking someone to do something for us, and they aren’t sure about it, we can say “Pretty please?” to show that we really want it. For example, “Can I use your car tomorrow?” “I don’t know…” “Please? Pretty please?”

In pop culture

Do you know the song “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison? It’s from 1965 so this video is in black and white!

You might also know the movie Pretty Woman. Roy Orbison’s song is in it. Watch this advert for the movie. Would you like to see it?

There are other meanings of pretty.

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