more at be sitting pretty at sitUsage note: quite / fairly / rather / prettyLook at these examples:The exam was fairly difficult.The exam was quite difficult.The exam was rather difficult.Quite is a little stronger than fairly, and rather is a little stronger than quite. Rather is not very common in North American English; pretty has the same meaning and this is used in informal British English too:The exam was pretty difficult.In British Englishquite has two meanings:I feel quite tired today (= fairly tired). With adjectives that describe an extreme state (‘non-gradable’ adjectives) it means ‘completely’ or ‘absolutely’:I feel quite exhausted. With some adjectives, both meanings are possible. The speaker’s stress and intonation will show you which is meant:Your essay is quite good (= fairly good — it could be better); Your essay is quite good (= very good, especially when this is unexpected).In North American Englishquite usually means something like ‘very’, not ‘fairly’ or ‘rather’. Pretty is used instead for this sense.