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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
First recorded in 1615-25; aphetic variant of acute
Related forms
cutely, adverb
cuteness, noun Unabridged
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  • He is cunning enough, but I'm cuter nor he—I have him in my power, so I have!

  • Did you ever see a cuter little girl than this one in the picture?

  • "The Crummies announcer is cuter," Barby explained patiently.

  • She must be awfully cute to have noticed it too—cuter than his sisters.

  • Honest, Polly, I never saw a garden any prettier and cuter than this is.

    The Turner Twins Ralph Henry Barbour
  • "I'll go," the words were hurled at him, and he handed her cuter Malone's sack.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • He rode his hunch, and at cuter Malone's wheel he tossed fifty ounces on Number 21.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • Ole Brer Fox, cuter dan de common run, is done come en kotch me.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • cuter floored him with a bottle an' Kitty an' I got him home an' she looked after him till he got better.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
British Dictionary definitions for cuter


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 cuter



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 cuter



  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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