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

Definition of cutesy

: self-consciously or excessively cute

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cutesiness noun

Examples of cutesy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 By order of the White House, one rocket is sent into orbit with a dog and a chimp on board, for the purpose of creating cutesy viral videos. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Space Force Tells a Terrible Joke About America," 30 May 2020 Though George Miller, the auteur behind the Mad Max series, used the freedom of animation to do all kinds of sweeping camerawork that would’ve been impossible in real life, the cutesy plotting was pat and unoriginal. David Sims, The Atlantic, "30 Movies That Are Unlike Anything You’ve Seen Before," 23 May 2020 Meghan turns out to be a fine match for the tone of the piece which vacillates between regal and cutesy-poo with occasional gusts of girl-power uplift. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Reviews for Disney's 'Elephant' With Meghan Markle Are In," 1 Apr. 2020 Again, for the people in the back: Latinx voters don’t care about a candidate’s ability or inability to speak Spanish or their superficial, cutesy stories. Denisce Palacios, Teen Vogue, "2020 Candidates Are Failing to Connect With Latinx Voters," 24 Feb. 2020 All the same, the charming low-key humor and the actors are all winning without being coy or cutesy. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Minari': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 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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The first known use of cutesy was in 1914

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10 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cutesy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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