A playful kitten is an example of something cute.
An example of someone cute is a little girl in her dress-up clothes.
Our reaction to cute attributes is understood as the way nature ensures mammals care for their young.
- To meet for the first time, often in a contrived or unusual way.
- Cute mannerisms, ploys, devices, etc. designed to charm or attract others.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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.