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.
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- (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
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appealing or attractive, esp in a pretty way
mainly US informal sexually attractive
informal affecting cleverness or prettiness
Word Origin for cute
C18 (in the sense: clever): shortened from acute
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1731, "clever," shortening of acute; informal sense of "pretty" is 1834, American English student slang. Related: Cuteness.
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