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cute

[ kyoot ]
/ kyut /
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adjective, cut·er, cut·est.

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.

noun

the cutes, Informal. self-consciously cute mannerisms or appeal; affected coyness: The young actress has a bad case of the cutes.

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Idioms for cute

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM cute

cutely, adverbcuteness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cute

cute
/ (kjuːt) /

adjective

appealing or attractive, esp in a pretty way
mainly US informal sexually attractive
informal affecting cleverness or prettiness
clever; shrewd

Derived forms of cute

cutely, adverbcuteness, noun

Word Origin for cute

C18 (in the sense: clever): shortened from acute
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