Emblems of souls, you mean--at least so the Greeks prettily represented them to be.
She laughed her little laugh of pleasure, and thanked him prettily for the compliment.
Prophetstown, five miles below, is prettily 119 situated in an oak grove on the southern bank.
The room itself was prettily furnished in the Dutch fashion, and there were flowers.
Its rooms were dark and cool, and prettily if humbly furnished.
But why, as you have begun your argument so prettily, do you not go on with the rest?
But all the time she was noticing how prettily she stood, how slim she was.
This being Whit Sunday, the interior of the church was prettily decorated.
"I know too well how highly Mamma thinks of you, John," said Ethel, prettily.
"I hope we've learned something," said Miss Amabel earnestly and yet prettily too.
Old English prættig (West Saxon), pretti (Kentish), *prettig (Mercian) "cunning, skillful, artful, wily, astute," from prætt, *prett "a trick, wile, craft," from West Germanic *pratt- (cf. Old Norse prettr "a trick," prettugr "tricky;" Frisian pret, Middle Dutch perte, Dutch pret "trick, joke," Dutch prettig "sportive, funny," Flemish pertig "brisk, clever"), of unknown origin.
Connection between Old English and Middle English words is uncertain, but if they are the same, meaning had shifted by c.1400 to "manly, gallant," and later moved via "attractive, skillfully made," to "fine," to "beautiful in a slight way" (mid-15c.). Ironical use from 1530s. For sense evolution, compare nice, silly. Also used of bees (c.1400). "After the OE. period the word is unknown till the 15th c., when it becomes all at once frequent in various senses, none identical with the OE., though derivable from it" [OED].
Meaning "not a few, considerable" is from late 15c. With a sense of "moderately," qualifying adjectives and adverbs, since 1560s. Pretty please as an emphatic plea is attested from 1902. A pretty penny "lot of money" is first recorded 1768.
"a pretty person or thing," 1736, from pretty (adj.).
Quite; more than a little: The weather's pretty rotten (1565+)