Definition of cute in English:

cute

adjective

  • 1Attractive in a pretty or endearing way.

    ‘she had a cute little nose’
    • ‘He laughed, and I noticed that he had really cute dimples.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is an endearing bunch of cute and funny characters.’
    • ‘Attractive subjects are cute animals, pretty women, nice landscapes, interesting portraits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her sweet voice and cute, large eyes attracted most people.’
    • ‘Romeo looked so cute with his hair sticking out from underneath his beanie.’
    • ‘I had woken Zeke up and he had then given me a cute smile.’
    • ‘Expect a shrine to him some day in the future on my fotopage, he's a pretty cute kid.’
    • ‘And I haven't had any luck attracting cute little kittens to the window.’
    • ‘Snowflakes in glassine envelopes are pretty cute.’
    • ‘He smiled down at me, two very cute dimples appearing on his cheeks.’
    • ‘People are still worshipping cute fluffy kittens in direct contradiction to the UN Resolution 1441.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘It's a very modern city, with very pretty people in very pretty and cute clothes walking busily around.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The baby wore a cute blue outfit with a teddy bear covering his bottom.’
    • ‘As I reached Main Street, all I could think was how cute and charming it looked.’
    • ‘Summer and Marissa looking gorgeous in a pretty skirt and very cute dress both by Burning Torch.’
    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.’
      • ‘Benatar had a rough-hewn sexuality; John was coquettish and irksomely cute.’
      • ‘And the rhythm guitarist and the bass player were pretty cute.’
      • ‘She says that she practices for hours a day not to look cute or pretty, but to become a good DJ.’
      • ‘She was cute with light brown hair falling to her shoulders and pale eyes.’
      • ‘But he would look so much cuter without the dark sunglasses that hide too much of his face.’
      • ‘So I sat there next to two very cute naked French girls scanning the horizon.’
      • ‘The spaceships had cool design and the girl was pretty cute.’
      • ‘They approach the cute, pretty women on the streets to offer them to join the company to earn fast money.’
      • ‘When I got off the ride, a really cute boy started to take my seat.’
      • ‘‘I thought she was cute and pretty but a little frantic,’ Perkins recalled.’
      • ‘She put her arm around one of our players, Aaron Beattie, and says ‘This guy's pretty cute!’’
      • ‘The person behind the counter had changed, to a really cute boy.’
      • ‘Also - dig his cute lil baby face and sexy Big Man's Voice.’
      • ‘I wasn't stupid, I knew they were pretty cute looking guys.’
      • ‘He was pretty cute too, in a dumb blond surfer way.’
      • ‘Three pretty girls, one hidden behind too much make up, four pretty cute guys.’
      • ‘I don't understand it either, but she always looks so funny and cute at the same time.’
      • ‘I think I just fell in love with you for being so damn cute.’
      • ‘This sophisticated giant oozes sex appeal as well as being cute and pretty, perfect for a woman like me.’
  • 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’
    • ‘Sam took a deep breath and picked up the newspaper, forcing back the idea to throw it at something cute and fluffy.’
    • ‘It's a cute idea that invariably entrances young children, hence the longevity of this work through the ages.’
    • ‘She had to admit, the two vertical dashes and the bracket-turned-on-its-side made a pretty cute smiley face.’
    • ‘But, you know, my mom and my dad told me about this show, and I just thought it was such a cute idea.’
    • ‘Nice to see how objectivity flies out of the window when people see a cute idea.’
    • ‘Some of the sketches depict the cute mental mnemonics that Penrose employs to keep ideas clearly in his mind.’
    • ‘He gives in to temptation in other places too… gets a little too cute, wants to look a little too clever.’
    • ‘I saw a very cute idea done on a mini tree that would work well for rosemary.’
    • ‘A cute idea is to spell out your friends name in glitter, and randomly spread rhinestones around it.’
    • ‘For that moment, her coquettish cleverness and quick, cute remarks melted away.’
    • ‘There are some cute ideas here - like glasses that keep things cold for a long time.’
    • ‘A cute idea if properly handled - but Hensher can never work out quite what he wants to do with it.’
    • ‘But beyond anything except the most superficial level, this particular stereotype is cute, but silly.’
    • ‘That's a cute idea, too: like most of the film, it looks better on paper.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘And all this time I thought Helen Fielding was just being cute and clever in using the term.’
    • ‘Most people think they can open up a nightclub because all you need is alcohol, music, some staff, and a cute idea.’
    • ‘If you can get past McPhee's overly cute wordplay, you'll find this an extremely helpful resource in interpreting your dreams.’
    • ‘There's a tendency to think of satire as cute and clever.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's pretty cute, you mark where you come from on the map, with a little person-icon you choose.’
    • ‘Bee Season's depiction of Flora's magical ability to spell almost any word straddles the line between being clever and too cute.’
    • ‘It's got its own differences and twists here and there and it's actually a pretty cute story.’
    • ‘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.’
    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/