cute·​sy ˈkyüt-sē How to pronounce cutesy (audio)
cutesier; cutesiest
: self-consciously or excessively cute
cutesiness noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Feeling like Valentine's Day is a little too cutesy for an intellectual heavyweight such as yourself? Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 14 Feb. 2010 The rise of the e-girl aesthetic has made finding cutesy PC gaming accessories easier than ever, but the options can still feel like slim pickings for console players. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2022 Instead, those things—think of a more subdued version of Zoey Deschanel's wardrobe in her New Girl era, a little too cutesy and very 2017—were offloaded to resale sites years (or months) later. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Nov. 2022 It’s not just a cutesy bit of word play, but an unmistakable stylistic change. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 2 Nov. 2022 The cutesy description aside, the tools themselves will be a terrific resource for the crypto world. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 1 Sep. 2022 Everything outside and inside the house is covered in black-and-white squiggles, a riot of video-game and comic-book inspired cutesy characters. Kelly Cobiella, NBC News, 17 Oct. 2022 An outlier on this list, this adorable figure depicts Pikachu decked out in Iron Man armor for a cutesy crossover. Kevin Cortez, Popular Mechanics, 10 Oct. 2022 Find a cosy location, add light seasonings of plot and piano, and – lest anybody still feel too challenged – serve with a cutesy punchline, typically someone offering to put a kettle on somewhere. Mike Mccahill, Variety, 22 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


cute + -sy (as in folksy)

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cutesy was in 1914

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“Cutesy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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