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adjective,cut·er, cut·est.
  1. attractive, especially in a dainty way; pleasingly pretty: a cute child; a cute little apartment.

  2. appealing and delightful; charming: What a cute toy!

  1. affectedly or mincingly pretty or clever; precious: The child has acquired some intolerably cute mannerisms.

  2. mentally keen; clever; shrewd.

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

Idioms about cute

  1. meet cute, Informal.

    • (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.

    • 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, adverb
  • cuteness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cute in a sentence

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for cute


/ (kjuːt) /

  1. appealing or attractive, esp in a pretty way

  2. mainly US informal sexually attractive

  1. informal affecting cleverness or prettiness

  2. clever; shrewd

Origin of cute

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

Derived forms of cute

  • cutely, adverb
  • cuteness, noun

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