a pretty penny

Definition of a pretty penny

:a large amount of money
  • That will cost a pretty penny.

Word by Word Definitions

pretty play
  1. : artful, clever

  2. : pat, apt

  3. : pleasing by delicacy or grace

  1. : in some degree : moderately

  2. : quite, mainly

  3. : in a gracefully pleasing manner : prettily

  1. : dainty clothes

  2. : a pretty person or thing

  1. : to make pretty

penny play
  1. : a monetary unit of the United Kingdom formerly equal to ¹/₂₄₀ pound but now equal to ¹/₁₀₀ pound

  2. : a similar monetary unit of any of various other countries in or formerly in the Commonwealth of Nations — see pound at Money Table

  3. : a coin representing one penny

  1. : being a (designated) nail size


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