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preterite
noun , grammar
1 a verb tense that expresses past action, eg hit , moved , ran .
2 a verb in this tense.
adjective denoting this tense.
[14c: from Latin tempus praeteritum past time]


preterm
adjective , adverb born or occurring before the end of the normal length of a pregnancy.


preternatural
adjective
1 exceeding the normal; uncanny; extraordinary.
2 supernatural.
[16c: from Latin praeter naturam beyond nature]
preternaturally adverb .


pretext pronunciación
noun a false reason given for doing something in order to disguise the real one; an excuse.
[16c: from Latin praetextum , from praetexere to weave before or to disguise]


prettify
verb (prettifies , prettified , prettifying ) to attempt to make something or someone prettier by superficial ornamentation.
[19c]
prettification noun .


pretty pronunciación
adjective (prettier , prettiest )
1 usually said of a woman or girl: facially attractive, especially in a feminine way.
2 charming to look at; decorative.
3 said of music, sound, etc: delicately melodious.
4 neat, elegant or skilful a pretty solution .
5 ironic grand; fine a pretty mess .
adverb fairly; satisfactorily; rather; decidedly.
[Anglo-Saxon prættig astute]
prettily adverb .
prettiness noun .
pretty much colloq more or less.
pretty nearly almost.
pretty well colloq almost; more or less.
sitting pretty see under sit.


pretty-pretty
adjective , derog colloq pretty in an over-sweet way.


pretzel
noun a crisp salted biscuit in the shape of a knot.
[19c: from German Brezel ]


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