Definition of cute in English:

cute

adjective

  • 1Attractive in a pretty or endearing way.

    ‘she had a cute little nose’
    • ‘I had woken Zeke up and he had then given me a cute smile.’
    • ‘He laughed, and I noticed that he had really cute dimples.’
    • ‘And isn't there something about the way her facial makeup makes her nose look almost flattened at the end, like a cute little kitten?’
    • ‘And I haven't had any luck attracting cute little kittens to the window.’
    • ‘Summer and Marissa looking gorgeous in a pretty skirt and very cute dress both by Burning Torch.’
    • ‘And the thing about lemurs is they pretty much define cute.’
    • ‘After I woke up you looked so cute with ruffled hair and your sweet smile.’
    • ‘It's a very modern city, with very pretty people in very pretty and cute clothes walking busily around.’
    • ‘People are still worshipping cute fluffy kittens in direct contradiction to the UN Resolution 1441.’
    • ‘He smiled down at me, two very cute dimples appearing on his cheeks.’
    • ‘Her sweet voice and cute, large eyes attracted most people.’
    • ‘Romeo looked so cute with his hair sticking out from underneath his beanie.’
    • ‘The baby wore a cute blue outfit with a teddy bear covering his bottom.’
    • ‘Of course, holding my beer and smudged in black grease, I had to pass some snide comment over the irony, and got a pretty cute smile for my efforts.’
    • ‘There is an endearing bunch of cute and funny characters.’
    • ‘As I reached Main Street, all I could think was how cute and charming it looked.’
    • ‘Attractive subjects are cute animals, pretty women, nice landscapes, interesting portraits.’
    • ‘Snowflakes in glassine envelopes are pretty cute.’
    • ‘Expect a shrine to him some day in the future on my fotopage, he's a pretty cute kid.’
    • ‘The contribution of these experienced taste-makers has been evident since deliveries of their cute tweed jackets and pretty camisoles first hit Gap branches last autumn.’
    endearing, adorable, lovable, sweet, lovely, appealing, engaging, delightful, dear, darling, winning, winsome, charming, enchanting
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    1. 1.1North American informal Sexually attractive; good-looking.
      ‘Ryan's cute but he's kinda young’
      ‘a cute guy’
      • ‘In addition to that, he's funny, cute, pretty sweet, and has a killer body.’
      • ‘But he would look so much cuter without the dark sunglasses that hide too much of his face.’
      • ‘She put her arm around one of our players, Aaron Beattie, and says ‘This guy's pretty cute!’’
      • ‘He was pretty cute too, in a dumb blond surfer way.’
      • ‘And the rhythm guitarist and the bass player were pretty cute.’
      • ‘When I got off the ride, a really cute boy started to take my seat.’
      • ‘Three pretty girls, one hidden behind too much make up, four pretty cute guys.’
      • ‘She was cute with light brown hair falling to her shoulders and pale eyes.’
      • ‘This sophisticated giant oozes sex appeal as well as being cute and pretty, perfect for a woman like me.’
      • ‘They approach the cute, pretty women on the streets to offer them to join the company to earn fast money.’
      • ‘‘I thought she was cute and pretty but a little frantic,’ Perkins recalled.’
      • ‘Also - dig his cute lil baby face and sexy Big Man's Voice.’
      • ‘The person behind the counter had changed, to a really cute boy.’
      • ‘Benatar had a rough-hewn sexuality; John was coquettish and irksomely cute.’
      • ‘I don't understand it either, but she always looks so funny and cute at the same time.’
      • ‘So I sat there next to two very cute naked French girls scanning the horizon.’
      • ‘I wasn't stupid, I knew they were pretty cute looking guys.’
      • ‘I think I just fell in love with you for being so damn cute.’
      • ‘She says that she practices for hours a day not to look cute or pretty, but to become a good DJ.’
      • ‘The spaceships had cool design and the girl was pretty cute.’
  • 2North American informal Clever or cunning, especially in a self-seeking or superficial way.

    ‘she had a real cute idea’
    ‘the two brothers were cute enough to find a couple of rich women and marry them’
    • ‘I have been trying to think of how I want to decorate my blog come holiday time, and I have finally come up with a cute idea.’
    • ‘Bee Season's depiction of Flora's magical ability to spell almost any word straddles the line between being clever and too cute.’
    • ‘If you can get past McPhee's overly cute wordplay, you'll find this an extremely helpful resource in interpreting your dreams.’
    • ‘The first time I heard about the Slow Food movement, recently arrived on our shores from its native Italy, I thought the whole idea sounded cute.’
    • ‘It's got its own differences and twists here and there and it's actually a pretty cute story.’
    • ‘He gives in to temptation in other places too… gets a little too cute, wants to look a little too clever.’
    • ‘It's not with Microsoft, not with Nokia, and if it's cute and quick, it has a shot at re-establishing itself as a leader.’
    • ‘This is kind of a cute idea, a theatrical tribute to the movies.’
    • ‘I saw a very cute idea done on a mini tree that would work well for rosemary.’
    • ‘A cute idea if properly handled - but Hensher can never work out quite what he wants to do with it.’
    • ‘Kris and I just finished watching Mean Girls, which I thought was a pretty cute movie.’
    • ‘Without The Beatles, the odds are that Paul McCartney would have been just another good writer of cute, catchy and clever pop songs.’
    • ‘It's a cute idea that invariably entrances young children, hence the longevity of this work through the ages.’
    • ‘That's a cute idea, too: like most of the film, it looks better on paper.’
    • ‘Once Slatkin stepped a bit on the pedal, it worked out very nicely and the trumpet call from the wings was at least a cute idea.’
    • ‘For that moment, her coquettish cleverness and quick, cute remarks melted away.’
    • ‘Nice to see how objectivity flies out of the window when people see a cute idea.’
    • ‘She had to admit, the two vertical dashes and the bracket-turned-on-its-side made a pretty cute smiley face.’
    • ‘There are some cute ideas here - like glasses that keep things cold for a long time.’
    • ‘And all this time I thought Helen Fielding was just being cute and clever in using the term.’
    • ‘But beyond anything except the most superficial level, this particular stereotype is cute, but silly.’
    • ‘Sam took a deep breath and picked up the newspaper, forcing back the idea to throw it at something cute and fluffy.’
    • ‘But, you know, my mom and my dad told me about this show, and I just thought it was such a cute idea.’
    • ‘A cute idea is to spell out your friends name in glitter, and randomly spread rhinestones around it.’
    • ‘It's pretty cute, you mark where you come from on the map, with a little person-icon you choose.’
    • ‘Most people think they can open up a nightclub because all you need is alcohol, music, some staff, and a cute idea.’
    • ‘There's a tendency to think of satire as cute and clever.’
    • ‘Some of the sketches depict the cute mental mnemonics that Penrose employs to keep ideas clearly in his mind.’
    shrewd, astute, sharp, acute, quick, sharp-witted, quick-witted
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Origin

Early 18th century (in the sense ‘clever, shrewd’): shortening of acute.

Pronunciation

cute

/kjuːt/