Definition of cute in English:

cute

adjective

  • 1Attractive in a pretty or endearing way.

    ‘a cute kitten’
    • ‘Attractive subjects are cute animals, pretty women, nice landscapes, interesting portraits.’
    • ‘The baby wore a cute blue outfit with a teddy bear covering his bottom.’
    • ‘He laughed, and I noticed that he had really cute dimples.’
    • ‘Snowflakes in glassine envelopes are pretty cute.’
    • ‘As I reached Main Street, all I could think was how cute and charming it looked.’
    • ‘It's a very modern city, with very pretty people in very pretty and cute clothes walking busily around.’
    • ‘He smiled down at me, two very cute dimples appearing on his cheeks.’
    • ‘Expect a shrine to him some day in the future on my fotopage, he's a pretty cute kid.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Her sweet voice and cute, large eyes attracted most people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had woken Zeke up and he had then given me a cute smile.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Romeo looked so cute with his hair sticking out from underneath his beanie.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People are still worshipping cute fluffy kittens in direct contradiction to the UN Resolution 1441.’
    endearing, adorable, lovable, sweet, lovely, appealing, engaging, delightful, dear, darling, winning, winsome, charming, enchanting
    attractive, pretty, as pretty as a picture
    chocolate-box
    bonny
    cutesy, dinky, twee, pretty-pretty, adorbs
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    1. 1.1North American informal Sexually attractive.
      • ‘I wasn't stupid, I knew they were pretty cute looking guys.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘In addition to that, he's funny, cute, pretty sweet, and has a killer body.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Benatar had a rough-hewn sexuality; John was coquettish and irksomely cute.’
      • ‘She was cute with light brown hair falling to her shoulders and pale eyes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The spaceships had cool design and the girl was pretty cute.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She put her arm around one of our players, Aaron Beattie, and says ‘This guy's pretty cute!’’
      • ‘She says that she practices for hours a day not to look cute or pretty, but to become a good DJ.’
      • ‘And the rhythm guitarist and the bass player were pretty cute.’
      • ‘But he would look so much cuter without the dark sunglasses that hide too much of his face.’
      • ‘They approach the cute, pretty women on the streets to offer them to join the company to earn fast money.’
      • ‘He was pretty cute too, in a dumb blond surfer way.’
  • 2North American informal Clever or cunning, especially in a self-seeking or superficial way.

    ‘I don't want to be cute with you’
    • ‘Bee Season's depiction of Flora's magical ability to spell almost any word straddles the line between being clever and too cute.’
    • ‘But beyond anything except the most superficial level, this particular stereotype is cute, but silly.’
    • ‘There's a tendency to think of satire as cute and clever.’
    • ‘He gives in to temptation in other places too… gets a little too cute, wants to look a little too clever.’
    • ‘And all this time I thought Helen Fielding was just being cute and clever in using the term.’
    • ‘If you can get past McPhee's overly cute wordplay, you'll find this an extremely helpful resource in interpreting your dreams.’
    • ‘Without The Beatles, the odds are that Paul McCartney would have been just another good writer of cute, catchy and clever pop songs.’
    • ‘Sam took a deep breath and picked up the newspaper, forcing back the idea to throw it at something cute and fluffy.’
    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

/kyo͞ot/