[ 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.


    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

cute·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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
clever; shrewd

Derived Forms

cutely, 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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Medicine definitions for cutes


[ kyōōtĭs ]

n. pl. cu•tis•es

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