cute
I. adjective (cuter; cutest) Etymology: short for acute Date: circa 1731 1. a. clever or shrewd often in an underhanded manner b. impertinent, smart-alecky <
don't get cute with me
>
2. attractive or pretty especially in a childish, youthful, or delicate way 3. obviously straining for effect • cutely adverbcuteness noun II. noun Date: 1965 the quality or state of being cute or cutesy; also an instance of cuteness or cutesiness — usually used in plural <
a movie suffering from a case of the cutes
>

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  • cute — ☆ cute [kyo͞ot ] adj. cuter, cutest [aphetic < ACUTE] Informal 1. clever; sharp; shrewd 2. pretty or attractive, esp. in a lively, wholesome, or dainty way 3. straining for effect; artificial meet cute Film to meet for the first time, often in …   English World dictionary

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