Definition of cute
1a : clever or shrewd often in an underhanded manner “ … he's a true patriot and statesman … and a most particular cute lawyer.” — Thomas Chandler Haliburtonb : 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.
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
Origin and Etymology of cute
short for acute
First Known Use: circa 1731
CUTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cute for English Language Learners
: having a pleasing and usually youthful appearance
: attractive in a sexual way
: clever in an appealing way
CUTE Defined for Kids
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