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 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 Pop music darling Ariana Grande took over the Grammys red carpet on Sunday in a sweet princess gown that stayed true to her cutesy aesthetic. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ariana Grande Goes Big in Giambattista Valli Tulle Gown at Grammys," 27 Jan. 2020 The style itself is a jumble: baby doll meets goth-lite, both cutesy and edgy, often overtly sexualized, plus lots of eyeliner and hair usually dyed unnatural shades. Marc Bain, Quartz, "The year’s top-trending fashion styles in the US only existed online," 13 Dec. 2019 The sake offerings range from cutesy juice boxes to upscale, wood-aged fermentations. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Hando helps usher in new era of Houston hand rolls," 17 Dec. 2019 Part '90s pop sheen (think Saint Etienne at their most bubblegum), part chiptune cutesy-overload, and part PC Music precursor, its power lay in its endless array of top line melodies. Matt Wilkinson, Billboard, "The 10 Best U.K. Albums of the 2010s You Might Have Missed," 6 Dec. 2019 Welding a green symbol on the back of such a hulking vehicle seems a little silly, or even cynical; not unlike Tyson’s slapping a cutesy illustration of a peapod on the packaging of a mostly meat burger. Tom Bartlett, Wired, "The Not-Future of Meat," 4 Dec. 2019

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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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3 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cutesy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 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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