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[kyoot] /kyut/
adjective, cuter, cutest.
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
1615-25; aphetic variant of acute
Related forms
cutely, adverb
cuteness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Was it possible the cute little girls, so well known by sight on Main Street going from shop to shop, were secretly scandalous?

    Christopher and Columbus Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
  • "It's a kind of cute and old-fashioned house inside," he observed.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I think he is cute to learn to write his own letter so quickly.

    The Heart of Rachael Kathleen Norris
  • Paddy is mighty 'cute, and knows when he has a man to deal with.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • By now everybody there was laughing and Mrs. West kept whispering to her daughter that Pee-wee was excruciating and just too cute.

    Roy Blakeley's Silver Fox Patrol Percy Keese Fitzhugh
British Dictionary definitions for cute


appealing or attractive, esp in a pretty way
(mainly US, informal) sexually attractive
(informal) affecting cleverness or prettiness
clever; shrewd
Derived Forms
cutely, adverb
cuteness, noun
Word Origin
C18 (in the sense: clever): shortened from acute
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Word Origin and History for cute

1731, "clever," shortening of acute; informal sense of "pretty" is 1834, American English student slang. Related: Cuteness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cute



  1. Shrewd; sly; tricky (1730s+)
  2. Disrespectfully frivolous; smart-ass: Don't be cute with me, you slimy pimp (1950s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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