Definition of cute in English:

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Pronunciation: /kyo͞ot/


1Attractive in a pretty or endearing way: a cute kitten
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  • And I haven't had any luck attracting cute little kittens to the window.
  • Attractive subjects are cute animals, pretty women, nice landscapes, interesting portraits.
  • Her sweet voice and cute, large eyes attracted most people.
1.1North American informal Sexually attractive.
Example sentences
  • Benatar had a rough-hewn sexuality; John was coquettish and irksomely cute.
  • In addition to that, he's funny, cute, pretty sweet, and has a killer body.
  • This sophisticated giant oozes sex appeal as well as being cute and pretty, perfect for a woman like me.
good-looking, handsome, attractive, gorgeous
2North American informal Clever or cunning, especially in a self-seeking or superficial way: I don’t want to be cute with you
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈkyo͞otlē/
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’.


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

  • This started out in the 18th century as a shortened form of acute ( see accent) and originally meant ‘clever or shrewd’. The sense ‘attractive or pretty’ dates from late 19th-century America. Cutesy, meaning ‘cute in a sickly or sentimental way’, is also American, and was first recorded in 1914.

Words that rhyme with cute

acute, argute, astute, beaut, Beirut, boot, bruit, brut, brute, Bute, butte, Canute, cheroot, chute, commute, compute, confute, coot, depute, dilute, dispute, flute, galoot, hoot, impute, jute, loot, lute, minute, moot, newt, outshoot, permute, pollute, pursuit, recruit, refute, repute, route, salute, Salyut, scoot, shoot, Shute, sloot, snoot, subacute, suit, telecommute, Tonton Macoute, toot, transmute, undershoot, uproot, Ute, volute

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Syllabification: cute

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