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cute

[kyoot] /kyut/
adjective, cuter, cutest.
1.
attractive, especially in a dainty way; pleasingly pretty:
a cute child; a cute little apartment.
2.
appealing and delightful; charming:
What a cute toy!
3.
affectedly or mincingly pretty or clever; precious:
The child has acquired some intolerably cute mannerisms.
4.
mentally keen; clever; shrewd.
noun
5.
the cutes, Informal. self-consciously cute mannerisms or appeal; affected coyness:
The young actress has a bad case of the cutes.
Idioms
6.
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
1615-1625
1615-25; aphetic variant of acute
Related forms
cutely, adverb
cuteness, noun
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  • "And it's the cutest thing," put in the hitherto silent Desire Peasley, with enthusiastic suddenness.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • "It's one of the cutest things of the kind I've seen," said the American.

    For the Allinson Honor Harold Bindloss
  • I haven't but the one I asked Mr. Hartman for, and they make the cutest penwipers for Christmas.

    At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
  • That cart we are going to sleep in is just the cutest thing.

  • They had a lovely headquarters, too, beautiful roll-top desks and the cutest rugs in the world.

    Plunkitt of Tammany Hall George Washington Plunkitt
British Dictionary definitions for cutest

cute

/kjuːt/
adjective
1.
appealing or attractive, esp in a pretty way
2.
(mainly US, informal) sexually attractive
3.
(informal) affecting cleverness or prettiness
4.
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 cutest

cute

adj.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for cutest

cute

adjective

  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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