cutey

[ kyoo-tee ]
/ ˈkyu ti /

noun, plural cut·eys.

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ABOUT THIS WORD

What does cutey mean?

Cutey is a less common spelling of cutie—an informal word for a person considered cute or attractive.

It can be used to refer to such a person, as in There are a couple of real cuteys in my math class, or to address such a person, as in Hey, cutey, I missed you!

This sense of the word can be considered demeaning toward the person it’s referring to or addressing. But that’s not always the case, especially when it’s directed toward a person by someone they love as a term of affection.

Cutey can also be used as a term of endearment and affection that’s especially used to refer to or to address young children, much like sweetheart, sweetie, or darling.

Example: Your nephew is such a cutey—look at that sweet face!

Where does cutey come from?

The first records of the word cutey come from the 1900s, but the spelling cutie has been used since the 1700s. The term originated in the U.S. It’s formed from the word cute, which is first recorded in the 1600s. The suffixes -y and -ie are used to create informal and diminutive names for things, like doggy and sweetie.

Cute can mean a lot of different things. Babies and young children are cute. Adorable animals are cute. But the word is also commonly used as another way of saying that someone is sexually attractive, and cutey can be used as a milder version of the word hottie. For that reason, calling someone a cutey—especially when addressing them that way—could be seen as unwelcome.

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What are some other forms related to cutey?

  • cutie (more common spelling)
  • cuties (plural)

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How is cutey used in real life?

Cutey can be considered affectionate or demeaning, depending on how it’s used and who says it about whom. The spelling cutie is much more common.

 

 

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