- 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.
- a clever or cunning maneuver: He pulled a cutie.
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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.
aw mo's grandson is such a little cutie!
— cheyanne. (@cheyaanee) December 25, 2012
— Madamn Coffin's Musings (@MadamnCoffin) October 5, 2020
tl dead? dramione is a valid ship, i mean look at these cuties pic.twitter.com/iGHZdO8XJp
— ᴛ!ɴᴀ 🦆 (@Changeusernam_) October 6, 2020
Example sentences from the Web for cutie
Cutie and Bullie get happy endings, but Noriko and Ushio still live in reality.
On her website, she declares her love for her four dogs, Timmy, Tommy, Katie, and Cutie.Veena Malik: She’s Outspoken, Savvy, and Topless—and She’s Shaking Up Pakistan|Asra Q. Nomani|December 13, 2011|DAILY BEAST
But this time she sang her original song, “Cutie Patootie,” in which she brags about her various TV appearances.
Example: "There's one huge grenade launcher, there's one grenade, and then there's one cutie."
Father Cutie was then called in to take over the South Beach parish.
As he lifted the cover and looked in the basket, "Cutie's" pupils enlarged and she shrank from him.The Dude Wrangler|Caroline Lockhart
I want to prove I can do something besides being a vulgar little 'Kitty the Cutie.'The Clarion|Samuel Hopkins Adams
Well, then, cutie pie,Uncle Michael is a secret service man.Dorothy Dixon and the Double Cousin|Dorothy Wayne
He dropped the paper he was reading when she wandered in, and won her at once by not calling her "Cutie."We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes