Definition of cute in English:


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Pronunciation: /kjuːt


  • 2North American informal Clever or cunning, especially in a self-seeking or superficial way: she had a real cute idea the two brothers were cute enough to find a couple of rich women and marry them
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    • The first time I heard about the Slow Food movement, recently arrived on our shores from its native Italy, I thought the whole idea sounded cute.
    • Once Slatkin stepped a bit on the pedal, it worked out very nicely and the trumpet call from the wings was at least a cute idea.
    • But, you know, my mom and my dad told me about this show, and I just thought it was such a cute idea.



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  • 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’.


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  • 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.


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

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