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[kyoo-tee] /ˈkyu ti/
Informal. a charmingly attractive or cute person, especially a girl or a young woman (often used as a form of address):
Hi, cutie.
  1. a person who tries to outsmart an opponent, as an athlete who outmaneuvers an opposing player:
    The tackle was a real cutie when blocking on trap plays.
  2. a clever or cunning maneuver:
    He pulled a cutie.
Origin of cutie
An Americanism dating back to 1760-70; cute + -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • As he lifted the cover and looked in the basket, "cutie's" pupils enlarged and she shrank from him.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
  • He dropped the paper he was reading when she wandered in, and won her at once by not calling her "cutie."

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Well, then, cutie pie,Uncle Michael is a secret service man.

  • I want to prove I can do something besides being a vulgar little 'Kitty the cutie.'

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for cutie


noun (slang)
a person regarded as appealing or attractive, esp a girl or woman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cutie

"cute person," originally especially "attractive young woman," 1917, from diminutive of cute.

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



  1. A person or thing that is charming, attractive, clever, etc: I'm no beauty, but am counted a cutie (1917+)
  2. A person who is shrewd, deceptive, and wily: Watching a cutey spar with an ordinary dull fighter (1920s+)
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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