[ kyoot ]
/ kyut /
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.
the cutes, Informal. self-consciously cute mannerisms or appeal; affected coyness: The young actress has a bad case of the cutes.
- (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.
meet cute, Informal.
Origin of cute
First recorded in 1615–25; aphetic variant of acute
Related formscute·ly, adverbcute·ness, noun
Definition for cutes (2 of 2)
[ kyoo-tis ]
/ ˈkyu tɪs /
noun, plural cu·tes [kyoo-teez] /ˈkyu tiz/, cu·tis·es.
the true skin, consisting of the dermis and the epidermis.
Origin of cutis
1595–1605; < Latin: skin; akin to Greek skŷtos hide2
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British Dictionary definitions for cutes (1 of 2)
/ (kjuːt) /
appealing or attractive, esp in a pretty way
mainly US informal sexually attractive
informal affecting cleverness or prettiness
Derived Formscutely, adverbcuteness, noun
Word Origin for cute
C18 (in the sense: clever): shortened from acute
British Dictionary definitions for cutes (2 of 2)
/ (ˈkjuːtɪs) /
noun plural -tes (-tiːz) or -tises
zoology a technical name for skin
Word Origin for cutis
C17: from Latin: skin
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Word Origin and History for cutes
1731, "clever," shortening of acute; informal sense of "pretty" is 1834, American English student slang. Related: Cuteness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Medicine definitions for cutes
[ kyōō′tĭs ]
n. pl. cu•tis•es
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