cuteness

cute (kyo͞ot)
adj. cut·er, cut·est 1) a) Attractive or pretty in a youthful or dainty way: »

a cute puppy; a child wearing a cute outfit.

b) Sexually attractive; good-looking: »

a cute boyfriend.

2) Obviously contrived to charm; precious: »

"[He] mugs so ferociously he kills the humor—it's an insufferably cute performance"

(David Ansen). 3) Clever or witty, especially in an impertinent or evasive way, as in falsely suggesting that one is ignorant about the matter at hand.
[Short for ACUTE(Cf. ↑acute).]
cute’ly adv. cute’ness n.
Word History: Cute was originally a shortened form of acute in the sense "keenly perceptive or discerning, shrewd." In this sense cute is first recorded in a dictionary published in 1731. Probably cute came to be used as a term of approbation for things demonstrating acuteness or ingenious design, and so it went on to develop its own sense of "pretty, fetching."

Word Histories. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Cuteness — Cute ness, n. Acuteness; cunning. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cuteness — Cute and Cutie redirect here. For other uses, see Cute (disambiguation) and Cutie (disambiguation) …   Wikipedia

  • cuteness — noun The state of being cute. He thought his sister looked great in shorts; he said they gave her cuteness an extreme boost …   Wiktionary

  • cuteness — cute ► ADJECTIVE 1) endearingly pretty. 2) N. Amer. informal sexually attractive. 3) informal, chiefly N. Amer. clever; shrewd. DERIVATIVES cutely adverb cuteness noun. ORIGIN shortening of ACUTE …   English terms dictionary

  • cuteness — noun see cute I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cuteness — See cutely. * * * …   Universalium

  • cuteness — n. appealingness, prettiness; craftiness, shrewdness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cuteness — cute·ness …   English syllables

  • cuteness — See: cute …   English dictionary

  • cuteness — noun the quality of being appealing in a delicate or graceful way (of a girl or young woman) • Syn: ↑prettiness • Derivationally related forms: ↑cute, ↑pretty (for: ↑prettiness) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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