pretty (adj.) Old form(s): prettie
clever, ingenious, artful
H5 I.ii.177[Exeter to all] we have ... pretty traps to catch the petty thieves
MV II.vi.37[Jessica to Lorenzo] lovers cannot see / The pretty follies that themselves commit
R2 III.iii.165[King Richard to Aumerle] shall we ... make some pretty match with shedding tears
TC I.ii.156[Pandarus to Cressida, of the gathering and Troilus] They laughed ... at his pretty answer
Tim I.i.36[Painter to Poet, of someone in his picture for Timon] It is a pretty mocking of the life
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