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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 ?
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.
I was obliged to admire my cuteness in foreseeing this very thing and swapping trees to beat it.
Meanwhile, adding to the cuteness quotient, Faryal replied: "Happy wedding anniversary to you too
Although we're not suggesting you wake up before dawn on Christmas Day, if you want to see this adorable overload of cuteness, you're going to have to be in front of the television bright and early.
It's a pumped-up version of the cute 500 hatchback that is far more spacious and practical, but with the cuteness removed.
ENTERTAINMENT Another half hour of cuteness with Xander, as animals get up to all sorts at Pet School.
DUBAI: They call them the "terrible twos," but there is nothing terrible about little Kynadi Cochran, just adorable cuteness as she thinks she has lost her elbows.
The topic holds immense relevance as childhood innocence and cuteness are cornerstones of the values and self-image of societies in many parts of the world.
The only thing that maybe lets her down in the cuteness stakes is what she eats - a diet of minced quail, chicken and rat.
Still, it earns points for the cuteness of its kitty star.
The cuteness of the video increased with the father-son's voice, a perfect score in the background and AbRam's nail-polished feet.
50, Morrisons Actually we love cake every week but this week we especially rated the summer cake selection at Morrisons, including the this pack of nine little bites of high tea cuteness.