adjective, prettier, prettiest.
pleasing or attractive to the eye, as by delicacy or gracefulness:
a pretty face.
(of things, places, etc.) pleasing to the eye, especially without grandeur.
pleasing to the ear:
a pretty tune.
pleasing to the mind or aesthetic taste:
He writes pretty little stories.
(often used ironically) fine; grand:
This is a pretty mess!
Informal. considerable; fairly great:
This accident will cost him a pretty sum.
Archaic or Scot.. brave; hardy.
noun, plural pretties.
Usually, pretties. pretty ornaments, clothes, etc.
a pretty person:
Sit down, my pretty.
fairly or moderately:
Her work was pretty good.
The wind blew pretty hard.
verb (used with object), prettied, prettying.
to make pretty; improve the appearance of (sometimes followed by up):
to pretty oneself for a party; to pretty up a room.
sitting pretty, Informal.
in an advantageous position.
the act of a person or thing that sits.
a period of remaining seated, as in posing for a portrait or reading a book.
the space on or in which one sits, as in a church.
a brooding, as of a hen upon eggs; incubation.
the number of eggs on which a bird sits during a single hatching; clutch.
a session, as of a court or legislature.
the time or space allotted to the serving of a meal to a group, as aboard a ship.
(of a bird) occupying a nest of eggs for hatching.
of, for, or suited to sitting:
a sitting area in the lobby.
holding an official position or office; occupying an appointed or elected seat; incumbent:
a sitting pontiff.
in session or at work; active:
a sitting legislature.
sitting pretty, in an auspicious position:
He’s been sitting pretty since he got that new job.
adjective -tier, -tiest
pleasing or appealing in a delicate or graceful way
dainty, neat, or charming
commendable; good of its kind: he replied with a pretty wit
(informal, often ironic) excellent, grand, or fine: here’s a pretty mess!
(informal) lacking in masculinity; effeminate; foppish
(Scot) vigorous or brave
an archaic word for elegant
(informal) a pretty penny, a large sum of money
(informal) sitting pretty, well placed or established financially, socially, etc
noun (pl) -ties
a pretty person or thing
(informal) fairly or moderately; somewhat
(informal) quite or very
verb -ties, -tying, -tied
(transitive) often foll by up. to make pretty; adorn
a continuous period of being seated: I read his novel at one sitting
such a period in a restaurant, canteen, etc, where space and other facilities are limited: dinner will be served in two sittings
the act or period of posing for one’s portrait to be painted, carved, etc
a meeting, esp of an official body, to conduct business
the incubation period of a bird’s eggs during which the mother sits on them to keep them warm
in office: a sitting Member of Parliament
(of a hen) brooding eggs
seated: in a sitting position
See sitting meditation
the attitude generally assumed in Palestine by those who were engaged in any kind of work. “The carpenter saws, planes, and hews with his hand-adze, sitting on the ground or upon the plank he is planning. The washerwoman sits by the tub; and, in a word, no one stands when it is possible to sit. Shopkeepers always sit, and Levi sitting at the receipt of custom (Matt. 9:9) is the exact way to state the case.”, Thomson, Land and Book.
- Sitting target
noun 1. a person or thing in a defenceless or vulnerable position Also called (informal) sitting duck
- Sitting tenant
noun 1. a tenant occupying a house, flat, etc
- Sitting trot
noun 1. a horse’s trot during which the rider sits still in the saddle Compare rising trot
noun 1. a seaport in W Burma (Myanmar).