Etymology
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cute (adj.)

1731, "clever, sharp, smart," shortening of acute; informal sense of "pretty" is by 1834, American English colloquial and student slang. Related: Cutely; cuteness.

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Definitions of cute

cute (adj.)
attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness;
a cute little apartment
a cute kid with pigtails
Synonyms: cunning
cute (adj.)
obviously contrived to charm;
a child with intolerably cute mannerisms
Synonyms: precious
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