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adj. cut·er, cut·est
a. Attractive or pretty in a youthful or dainty way: a cute puppy; a child wearing a cute outfit.
b. Sexually attractive; good-looking: a cute boyfriend.
2. Obviously contrived to charm; precious: "[He] mugs so ferociously he kills the humor—it's an insufferably cute performance" (David Ansen).
3. Clever or witty, especially in an impertinent or evasive way, as in falsely suggesting that one is ignorant about the matter at hand.

[Short for acute.]

cute′ly adv.
cute′ness n.
Word History: Cute was originally a shortened form of acute in the sense "keenly perceptive or discerning, shrewd." In this sense cute is first recorded in a dictionary published in 1731. Probably cute came to be used as a term of approbation for things demonstrating acuteness or ingenious design, and so it went on to develop its own sense of "pretty, fetching."
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cuteness - the quality of being appealing in a delicate or graceful way (of a girl or young woman)
beauty - the qualities that give pleasure to the senses
References in classic literature ?
I was obliged to admire my cuteness in foreseeing this very thing and swapping trees to beat it.
And then ounly percave the cuteness of the swate angel, for no sooner did she obsarve that I was afther the squazing of her flipper, than she up wid it in a jiffy, and put it away behind her back, jist as much as to say, "Now thin, Sir Pathrick O'Grandison, there's a bitther chance for ye, mavourneen, for it's not altogether the gentaal thing to be afther the squazing of my flipper right full in the sight of that little furrenner Frinchman, Mounseer Maiter-di-dauns.
We're experiencing cuteness overdose and it's all Carole Samaha's fault.
ANIMAL webcams can be a source of immense cuteness if you catch the inhabitants at the right moment, but equally, you could end up staring at an empty cage or a bunch of snoozing bears/ birds/beavers for hours on end.
Culkin shot to fame in Home Alone but once he grew older and lost his cuteness the movie roles dried up, as did invitations to Michael Jackson's house.
Chris also threw down a hip-hop father challenge to Jay Z and Kanye West - his baby girl is gunning for their daughters in the cuteness department.
Each spot ends with a call for viewers to vote via #TeamDoggies or #TeamBabies on who won the cuteness battle: www.
OPERATION WILD BBC1 9pm NEW SERIES Prepare for an overdose of cuddly cuteness as Clare Balding gets to grips with baby pandas in China.
We don't mean to be prickly, but if you or a child in your life can't resist the lure of the subfamily Erinaceinae, do your homework and remember that the real challenge of a pet comes when novelty and cuteness wear off, replaced by care, constant feeding, and occasional veterinary bills.
Prof David Perrett of St Andrews University asked 90 adults to analyse and rate the cuteness of 200 infant faces and from this identified the 20 features which consistently came up.
I was practically howling at the cuteness and nearly woke them both up,' she later wrote on a blog she set up to record future naps in all their cuteness.
In what has spurred a worldwide cuteness epidemic, distracting workers all across the world (even in productivity-obsessed China), a baby panda has taken its first steps at the San Diego Zoo, according to the New York Daily News.