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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."
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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
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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.
"Nay, I don't know," said Adam; "the squire's 'cute enough but it takes something else besides 'cuteness to make folks see what'll be their interest in the long run.
Plucked from the same litter as Marley & Me and A Dog's Journey, director Simon Curtis's emotionally manipulative drama knows instinctively how to wag the tails of animals lovers with canine cuteness and calamity.
Plucked from the same litter as Marley & Me and A Dog's Journey, director Simon Curtis' emotionally manipulative drama knows instinctively how to wag the tails of animal lovers with canine cuteness and
This is not the first time that both the cousins were seen spreading cuteness on the Internet.
You'll see how the four-year-old shows her love while serving up some top-grade cuteness.
WHILE we wait for the arrival of a certain royal baby, Christine Lampard provides us with this knitted bundle of cuteness.
Boux Avenue and Peacocks are both offering mini-me sleepwear collections with cuteness written all over them.
How extraordinary that, after sitting through a movie about the cuteness of a pug dog, you are informed that you have almost colluded in the cruelty of breeders.
May challenges this prevailing perspective, investigating everything from Mickey Mouse to Kim Jong Il to argue that cuteness is not restricted to such sweet qualities but also beguiles us by transforming or distorting them into something of playfully indeterminate power, gender, age, morality, and even species.
I had visions of my children calmly stroking these animals as I looked on, misty-eyed, at the cuteness of it all.