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

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Doing something as cutesy as that for any politician naturally crosses all (fe)lines of decorum. Alex Ward, Vox, "Cat-astrophe: Pakistani politician’s event streamed on Facebook with cat filter on," 17 June 2019 The chapters that follow find Samantha in the thrall of the Bunnies, helping them conduct some truly alarming experiments involving (actual) bunnies, and eating lunch at a cutesy restaurant that only serves miniature foods. Michael Schaub,, "In Mona Awad’s ‘Bunny,’ squad goals include Pinkberry, creative writing and murder," 11 June 2019 Designers like Susan Alexandra, Harley Viera Newton, and Mercedes Salazar released cutesy pieces inspired by the stone fruit. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "The Next Big 2019 Fashion Trend Is... Shrimp?," 12 Apr. 2019 Halloween decorations usually veer into one of three categories—creepy, cutesy, or campy—but this latest trend nails the trifecta. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Zombie Flamingos Will Scare The Flock Out Of Your Neighbors This Halloween," 20 Sep. 2018 Some purists may look down on the cutesy, slightly flat keys, but their travel is well-measured. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 For a day, Instagram is filled with couples posting cutesy couple selfies on their grids and stories. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here's How All of Your Favorite Celeb Couples Celebrated Valentine's Day," 15 Feb. 2019 For all its cutesy conceits, Aggretsuko is refreshingly relatable. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Aggretsuko’s holiday special nails the ups and downs of the perfect Instagram photo," 24 Dec. 2018 But live, Jukebox couldn’t match up the energy of the album live, and cutesy deadpan banter about getting a song placed on Rob Schneider’s Netflix show became less a distinguishing trait than the only reason worth sticking around. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 9: Janelle Monáe, Flaming Lips, BØRNS, Judah & the Lion and more," 7 July 2018

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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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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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