Last modified on 3 April 2015, at 03:17



Removed the following definitions:

  1. Not functional or supposedly so.
    pretty buttons
  2. Unpleasant (in some cases)
    pretty state of affairs

as they are not really definitions of pretty, but usages of the first sense. 1. acquires its meaning by overly faint praise, implying the item is otherwise useless. 2. acquires its meaning by simple irony or sarcasm. - 05:02, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

We don't change definitions that way. We challenge definitions through the WT:RFD and WT:RFV processes. In this case other dictionaries have at least one of the senses you challenge. I will enter a challenge for the other one. Also the Hemingway quote may illustrate a sense that is not present, but is one of my favorite uses of the term. Is it ironic? Sarcastic? Is it playing with multiple senses? DCDuring TALK 12:51, 26 May 2009 (UTC)


Please see this RFV discussion. — Beobach 00:11, 2 December 2010 (UTC)

9th centuryEdit

Cunning; clever, skilful. [from 9th c.] - but example is from 19th century 18:21, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

"From" in this case means "since". (This is why I advocate just using "since"...) The sense has been attested since the 9th century, and it was still attested in the 19th century. - -sche (discuss) 04:22, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
What else could ‘from’ possibly mean? Ƿidsiþ 07:45, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
Obviously: It could mean that there are attestations from the 9th century, instead of from the 9th century onward. And the former is indeed what it seems to have meant to the person who asked...
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