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[kyoot] /kyut/
adjective, cuter, cutest.
attractive, especially in a dainty way; pleasingly pretty:
a cute child; a cute little apartment.
appealing and delightful; charming:
What a cute toy!
affectedly or mincingly pretty or clever; precious:
The child has acquired some intolerably cute mannerisms.
mentally keen; clever; shrewd.
the cutes, Informal. self-consciously cute mannerisms or appeal; affected coyness:
The young actress has a bad case of the cutes.
meet cute, Informal.
  1. (of a romantic couple) to meet for the first time in a charming or amusing way:
    In this type of movie the boy and girl always meet cute.
  2. Also, meet-cute. a situation or occasion when potential romantic partners meet for the first time in a charming or amusing way:
    a classic Hollywood meet cute; his meet-cute with Jane in the bookstore.
Origin of cute
1615-25; aphetic variant of acute
Related forms
cutely, adverb
cuteness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Emerson's manner was to her "a curious mingling of Athenian philosophy and Yankee cuteness."

    Memories and Anecdotes Kate Sanborn
  • Can't you see yet the wonderful 'cuteness of this man, Endicott?

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • The nice little way of doing your own cooking is something to introduce for cuteness in New York.

  • "Sure the Dublin jackeens have never been beaten yet for cuteness," they cried.

    The Irish on the Somme Michael MacDonagh
  • It is as distinctly racial as the commercial "cuteness" or cleverness universally attributed to the American people of to-day.

    The Quest for a Lost Race Thomas E. Pickett
  • I hate the word, but she develops "cuteness" rather than anything else.

    Over Here Hector MacQuarrie
British Dictionary definitions for cuteness


appealing or attractive, esp in a pretty way
(mainly US, informal) sexually attractive
(informal) affecting cleverness or prettiness
clever; shrewd
Derived Forms
cutely, adverb
cuteness, noun
Word Origin
C18 (in the sense: clever): shortened from acute
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cuteness



1731, "clever," shortening of acute; informal sense of "pretty" is 1834, American English student slang. Related: Cuteness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cuteness



  1. Shrewd; sly; tricky (1730s+)
  2. Disrespectfully frivolous; smart-ass: Don't be cute with me, you slimy pimp (1950s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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