Pronunciation Adjective

cute (comparative cuter, superlative cutest)

  1. Possessing physical features, behaviors, personality traits or other properties that are mainly attributed to infants and small or cuddly animals; e.g. fair, dainty, round, and soft physical features, disproportionately large eyes and head, playfulness, fragility, helplessness, curiosity or shyness, innocence, affectionate behavior.
    Our reaction to cute attributes is understood as the way nature ensures mammals care for their young.
  2. Generally, attractive or pleasing, especially in a youthful, dainty, quaint or fun-spirited way.
    Let's go to the mall and look for cute girls.
  3. Affected or contrived to charm; mince#Verb|mincingly clever; precious; cutesy.
    The actor's performance was too cute for me. All that mugging to the audience killed the humor.
    Don't get cute with me, boy!
  4. Mentally keen or discerning (See also acute)
    Synonyms: clever, shrewd
    • ca. 1850. Anonymous, "Turpin Hero" (broadside ballad, probably originally dating to 18th century)
      Then Dick Turpin being so very cute,
      He hid his money in his boot.
    Cute trick, but can you do it consistently?
  • (having features mainly attributed to infants and small or cuddly animals) endearing
  • (attractive or pleasing in a youthful, dainty, quaint or fun-spirited way) pretty
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