pretty etymology

English word pretty comes from Proto-Germanic *prattuz (Boastful talk. Deceit, trickery, strategem, list, cunning.), English -y, English prat, Proto-Germanic - gaz

Detailed word origin of pretty

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*prattuz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Boastful talk. Deceit, trickery, strategem, list, cunning.
-y English (eng) Forming abstract nouns denoting a state, condition, or quality.. Used in the name of some locations which end in -ia in Latin. Forming diminutive nouns. Also used for familiar and pet names as a term of endearment. Added to nouns and adjectives to form adjectives meaning “having the quality of”.. Added to verbs to form adjectives meaning "inclined to".
prat English (eng) (now, _, Scotland) A cunning or mischievous trick; a prank, a joke. [from 10th c.] (UK, slang) A fool. [from 20th c.]. (slang) A buttock, or the buttocks; a person's bottom. [from 16th c.]. (slang) The female genitals. (obsolete) Cunning, astute. [13th-17th c.].
- gaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*prattugaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Boastful, sly, slick, deceitful, tricky, cunning.
prættiġ Old English (ang)
prati Middle English (enm)
pretty English (eng) (dialect) Prettily, in a pretty manner.. Somewhat, fairly, quite; sometimes also (by meiosis) very. A pretty person; a term of address to a pretty person.. Something that is pretty. (dated) Excellent, commendable, pleasing; fitting or proper (of actions, thoughts etc.). [from 16th c.]. (dated) Moderately large; considerable. [from 15th c.]. (ironic) Awkward, unpleasant. [from 16th c.]. [...]

Words with the same origin as pretty

Descendants of *prattuz
pratt
Descendants of -y
andy apply bags bunny creepy dummy funny handy healthy heavy kitty mommy pussy risky rocky rusty scary sexy shitty skinny sonny tiny tony woody
Descendants of - gaz
allegiance almighty dreary greed greedy halibut hallowed handyman holiness holly holy lea leigh liege mighty sorry