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pretty +‎ -ly.


prettily (comparative more prettily, superlative most prettily)

  1. In a pretty manner.
    • 1995, Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: a Trilogy in Five Parts, →ISBN, page 316:
      the butterflies were flitting about prettily, and the whole of nature seemed to be conspiring to be as pleasant as it possibly could.
  2. Very badly; terribly.
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, volume I, chapter 15:
      “Indeed!” replied he. “Then, my dear Isabella, it is the most extraordinary sort of thing in the world, for in general every thing does give you cold. Walk home!—you are prettily shod for walking home, I dare say. It will be bad enough for the horses.”