cutie

[ kyoo-tee ]
/ ˈkyu ti /

noun

Informal. a charmingly attractive or cute person, especially a girl or a young woman (often used as a form of address): Hi, cutie.
Slang.
  1. a person who tries to outsmart an opponent, as an athlete who outmaneuvers an opposing player: The tackle was a real cutie when blocking on trap plays.
  2. a clever or cunning maneuver: He pulled a cutie.

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Origin of cutie

An Americanism dating back to 1760–70; cute + -ie
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ABOUT THIS WORD

What does cutie mean?

Cutie is 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 cuties in my math class, or to address such a person, as in Hey, cutie, 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.

Cutie 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.

Cutie can also be spelled as cutey, but this is much less common.

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

Where does cutie come from?

The first records of the word cutie come from the 1700s in the U.S. It’s formed from the word cute, which is first recorded in the 1600s, and the suffix -ie, which is used to create informal and diminutive names for things, like sweetie and doggie.

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 cutie can be used as a milder version of the word hottie. For that reason, calling someone a cutie—especially when addressing them that way—could be seen as unwelcome.

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What are some other forms related to cutie?

  • cutey (less common alternate spelling)
  • cuties (plural)

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How is cutie used in real life?

Cutie can be considered affectionate or demeaning, depending on how it’s used and who says it about whom.

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British Dictionary definitions for cutie

cutie

cutey

/ (ˈkjuːtɪ) /

noun slang

a person regarded as appealing or attractive, esp a girl or woman
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