pretty boy


Definition of pretty boy

informal + usually disparaging
: a man who is notably good-looking also : dandy sense 1

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Examples of pretty boy in a Sentence

Movie critics seem to finally agree that this pretty boy can act. a downtown dance club with lots of pretty boys in attendance
Recent Examples on the Web This was the last time Leo would try to headline a big-budget movie still looking like the pretty boy of Titanic; after this, his next four films were for either Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 29 Dec. 2021 To compare his 1955 Newman, a pretty boy whose smile is a quick squiggle, with the Newman of 2002, his features still handsome but etched by the passage of a half-century, is an epitome in two drawings of Hirschfeld’s art. Terry Teachout, WSJ, 6 Apr. 2021 Nicole Kidman plays war correspondent Martha Gellhorn opposite yet another pretty boy cast as Hemingway, Clive Owen. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 This Ben is a Machiavellian tactician, wrapped up in a pretty boy body with a rumbling inner-squid. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, 11 Jan. 2021 The most prominent white character, the longshoremen Big Blonde — note the feminizing e on his nickname — is infatuated with a pretty boy called Petit Frere. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 5 Feb. 2020 Does that demean him, or re-trivialize him as the pretty boy he was once taken to be? Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 5 Feb. 2020 Not a pretty boy, but handsome is as handsome does. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, 24 Apr. 2018 Keith Urban shares the 'Texas' love at RodeoHouston Stapleton is like an outlaw alien of some sort who landed amid the pretty boys, polished ballads and bro anthems that populate RodeoHouston. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, 17 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of pretty boy

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Pretty boy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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