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cute

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adjective \ˈkyüt\

Definition of cute

cuter

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cutest

  1. 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. 2 :  attractive or pretty especially in a childish, youthful, or delicate way <a cute puppy> <a cute smile>

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

cutely

adverb

cuteness

noun

Examples of cute in a sentence

  1. <she's very nice, but she's not afraid to get cute when there's something she wants>

  2. <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


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cute

noun

Definition of cute

  1. :  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>

Origin and Etymology of cute

see 1cute


First Known Use: 1965



CUTE Defined for English Language Learners

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cute

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adjective \ˈkyüt\

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

cute

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adjective \ˈkyüt\

Definition of cute for Students

cuter

cutest

  1. 1 :  attractive in looks or actions <a cute puppy>

  2. 2 :  clever 2 <a cute story>

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



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