Cute meaning

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The definition of cute is something that is little, or pretty and clever.

A playful kitten is an example of something cute.

An example of someone cute is a little girl in her dress-up clothes.

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Straining for effect; artificial.
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Pretty or attractive, esp. in a lively, wholesome, or dainty way.
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Possessing physical features, behaviors, personality traits or other properties that are mainly attributed to infants and small or cuddly animals; e.g. fair, dainty, round, and soft physical features, disproportionately large eyes and head, playfulness, fragility, helplessness, curiosity or shyness, innocence, affectionate behavior.

Our reaction to cute attributes is understood as the way nature ensures mammals care for their young.

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Generally, attractive or pleasing, especially in a youthful, dainty, quaint or fun-spirited way.

Let's go to the mall and look for cute girls.

Emma is so damn cute.

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Mentally keen or discerning; clever; shrewd; see acute.

Cute trick, but can you do it consistently?

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Obviously contrived to charm; precious.
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Affected or contrived to charm; mincingly clever; precious; cutesy.

The actor's performance was too cute for me. All that mugging to the audience killed the humor.

Don't get cute with me, boy!

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Clever or witty, especially in an impertinent or evasive way, as in falsely suggesting that one is ignorant about the matter at hand.
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meet cute
  • To meet for the first time, often in a contrived or unusual way.
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the cutes
  • Cute mannerisms, ploys, devices, etc. designed to charm or attract others.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the cutes

Origin of cute

  • Short for acute

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Shortened from acute, originally “keenly perceptive or discerning, shrewd” (1731). Meaning transferred to “pretty, fetching” by US students (slang) c.1834. Meaning drifted further to associate specifically with the pleasing attraction to features usually possessed by the young.

    From Wiktionary