The adjective cute describes something that’s attractive in a pleasing, nonthreatening way. Things that are small or young are often described as cute, like babies, puppies, or toy fire engines.

Something that’s cute is easy to like. We usually use cute to describe how something looks, like your cute smile or your cute dimples, but you can use it for anything that’s endearing or pleasing, like the boy-gets-girl ending to a romantic comedy. Cute can also refer to something that’s overly clever and a little bit fake. Don’t be too cute when you fill out a college application — the person reading it might not think it’s so funny.

Definitions of cute
  1. adjective
    attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness
    “a cute kid with pigtails”
    “a cute little apartment”
    synonyms: cunning
    pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm
  2. adjective
    obviously contrived to charm
    “a child with intolerably cute mannerisms”
    synonyms: precious
    marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft
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