Definition of cute in English:

cute

Syllabification: cute
Pronunciation: /kyo͞ot
 
/

adjective

  • 2North American informal Clever or cunning, especially in a self-seeking or superficial way: I don’t want to be cute with you
    More example sentences
    • There's a tendency to think of satire as cute and clever.
    • Bee Season's depiction of Flora's magical ability to spell almost any word straddles the line between being clever and too cute.
    • Without The Beatles, the odds are that Paul McCartney would have been just another good writer of cute, catchy and clever pop songs.

Derivatives

cutely

adverb
More example sentences
  • The two girls were fair, round-faced, bare-legged and smiling cutely, the boys (her youngest brother still a baby) darker and grinning.
  • Shia LaBeouf plays Stanley Yelnats, a boy with a cutely palindromic name sent to a bizarrely tough reformatory called Camp Green Lake, after being wrongly convicted of stealing a pair of sneakers.
  • Most Crikey readers would have seen the 7: 30 Report last night on what it so cutely called ‘targeted largesse’.

cuteness

noun
More example sentences
  • Plus, this sort of thing leads to an overdose of cuteness.
  • Look, I get that animals are cute, and that kids like cuteness.
  • But what is interesting is just how a deeply corrupt cultural authoritarianism is sugar-coated and sold as quirky cuteness.

Origin

early 18th century (in the sense 'clever, shrewd'): shortening of acute.

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