\ ˈkyüt \
cuter; cutest

Definition of cute 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : clever or shrewd often in an underhanded manner " … he's a true patriot and statesman … and a most particular cute lawyer." —Thomas Chandler Haliburton

b : impertinent, smart-alecky Don't get cute with me.

2 : attractive or pretty especially in a childish, youthful, or delicate way a cute puppy a cute smile

3 : obviously straining for effect The movie's too cute to be taken seriously.



Definition of cute (Entry 2 of 2)

: the quality or state of being cute or cutesy also : an instance of cuteness or cutesiness usually used in plural a movie suffering from a case of the cutes

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Other words from cute


cutely adverb
cuteness noun

Examples of cute in a Sentence


she's very nice, but she's not afraid to get cute when there's something she wants we're having a serious discussion here, so cut the cute remarks

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While most fans went crazy over how cute the interaction was, one pointed out the fact that Tinkerbell the Dog was luckier than most for getting that close to Tay Tay. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Swifties, statues and WWE: What you missed in Louisville this weekend," 2 July 2018 Ladies might want a one-piece: Bikinis are cute, but can be . . . Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "How To Start Surfing," 27 June 2018 What ensues at home is nonetheless a frequent riot; even the mildly clichéd stuff with Violet and her crush is cute. Richard Lawson, HWD, "Incredibles 2 Review: Superhero Action That’s Familiar, but Fantastic," 11 June 2018 Peep the two cute 'grams below: Congrats to the parents-to-be! Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Kate Upton Just Announced She's Expecting Her First Child," 14 July 2018 Remember, all babies are cute, but some babies earn vacations to the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort on the South Pacific island. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit baby finalist for cutest prize on 'Live with Kelly and Ryan'," 10 July 2018 Lynch made the announcement on her Instagram stories with a very cute video featuring her cat, Puff. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Harry Potter Star Evanna Lynch Is Launching a Cruelty-Free Beauty Box," 7 July 2018 And judging by the super-cute video the zoo posted Sunday on Facebook, Gordy is a fan of broccoli. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Awwww! Milwaukee zoo announces arrival of adorable baby groundhog. And he loves broccoli.," 24 June 2018 One of the contests is called Most Mysterious Heritage and that’s kind of cute — guessing their heritage, their breed or breed mix. Annie Alleman,, "Gortor Center Dog Day returns June 23," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cutting between this sequence and Millie and Obie's screwball meet-cute over handcuffs is jarring at best. Katie Walsh,, "'Kings' confounds with a take on the L.A. riots starring Halle Berry that’s largely naive," 26 Apr. 2018 The meet-cute between Charity and Oscar (Barrett Foa), which takes place in a stuck elevator at the 92nd Street Y, is really a meet-long. Charles Mcnulty,, "'Sweet Charity' from Reprise: The dancing never gets old, but the book could use a nip and tuck," 23 June 2018 These Bichon Frise pups playing their own version of peekaboo is all kinds of cute. Kelly Potts, Woman's Day, "Adorable Puppies Play Sweetest Peekaboo Game with Owner," 6 Nov. 2014 Diversity sounds real cute, but the mainstream media is not ready. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "6 Women on What Full-Figured Fashion Week Means to Them," 29 June 2018 The best part is that the new products are not only super cute but also super affordable. Melissa Minton, Allure, "Target Is Launching a Disney Beauty Line With Mickey Mouse-Themed Makeup and Skin Products," 15 May 2018 In a super legendary meet-cute, William and Catherine chose a private meeting with Barack and Michelle Obama (with a camera crew in tow) for their first royal appearance post-wedding. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Harry & Meghan's First Appearance as Newlyweds Compares to William & Catherine's," 22 May 2018 Edward and Florence's impromptu meet-cute, at an Oxford University nuclear disarmament meeting, suggests a willingness to break free from their parents' conventional mores., "On Chesil Beach Review: Can You Have Love Without Sex?," 16 May 2018 The Village Cafe & Art979 Gallery Works by local artists decorate the wall in this cute, all-day downtown Bryan cafe. Jody Schmal, Houston Chronicle, "Where to stay and play in College Station," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of cute


circa 1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cute


short for acute


see cute entry 1

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Phrases Related to cute

(as) cute as a button

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English Language Learners Definition of cute

: having a pleasing and usually youthful appearance

: attractive in a sexual way

: clever in an appealing way


\ ˈkyüt \
cuter; cutest

Kids Definition of cute

1 : attractive in looks or actions a cute puppy

2 : clever sense 2 a cute story

3 : clever in a way that annoys Don't be cute with me!

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