cute·​sy | \ ˈkyüt-sē How to pronounce cutesy (audio) \
cutesier; cutesiest

Definition of cutesy

: self-consciously or excessively cute

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Other Words from cutesy

cutesiness noun

Examples of cutesy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the Dickinson household, Maggie the maid answers a cloyingly cutesy knock at the door: It’s Sam. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Dickinson Season-Finale Recap: Burn After Reading," 26 Feb. 2021 Keep your phone from slipping out of your grasp again with the Speck Phone Holder, available in a far-out galaxy print or a cutesy floral. Ariel Wodarcyk, Popular Science, "The best Black Friday phone deals: The best early deals on iPhones, flip phones (yes, flip phones), and more," 14 Nov. 2020 Many reviewers like the natural feel of the wooden material, and appreciate that it’s bright and colorful without being overly cutesy, or targeted exclusively at little girls. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "31 of the best gifts you can buy from QVC," 10 Nov. 2020 Among the most popular and accessible ones come from the bidet brand Tushy, which may have caught your eye on Instagram recently with its cutesy branding. Rachel Lubitz, CNN Underscored, "Low on toilet paper? The under-$100 Tushy bidet can help," 10 Nov. 2020 More a working grocery than a cutesy odditorium, LMCS serves a community that doesn’t have a big-box store on every corner. Richard A. Marini,, "3 scenic drives through Texas Hill Country from Interstate 10 in San Antonio area," 14 Oct. 2020 The 12th man isn't just some cutesy term devoid of meaning. Star Tribune, "Silence won't be golden in NFL stadiums this fall," 7 Sep. 2020 Still, the 45-year-old star perfectly demonstrates how summer outfits don't always have to be so homely or cutesy. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Changes the Rules of Summer Dressing in a Sophisticated Frock," 15 July 2020 Her closet is filled with cutesy pajamas, animal slippers, and skirt-overalls that were no doubt picked out by her overprotective widower father. Irina Grechko,, "The Baby-Sitters Club Leans Into ‘90s Fashion — With A Gen Z Twist," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of cutesy

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cutesy

cute + -sy (as in folksy)

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3 Mar 2021

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“Cutesy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cutesy

informal + disapproving : trying very hard or too hard to be appealing : too cute in an annoying way

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