cute (comparative cuter, superlative cutest)
- Possessing physical features, behaviors, personality traits or other properties that are mainly attributed to infants and small or cuddly animals; e.g. fair, dainty, round, and soft physical features, disproportionately large eyes and head, playfulness, fragility, helplessness, curiosity or shyness, innocence, affectionate behavior.
- Our reaction to cute attributes is understood as the way nature ensures mammals care for their young.
- Generally, attractive or pleasing, especially in a youthful, dainty, quaint or fun-spirited way.
- Let's go to the mall and look for cute girls.
- Emma is so damn cute.
- Affected or contrived to charm; mincingly clever; precious; cutesy.
- The actor's performance was too cute for me. All that mugging to the audience killed the humor.
- Don't get cute with me, boy!
- Mentally keen or discerning; clever; shrewd; see acute.
- ca. 1850. Anonymous, "Turpin Hero" (broadside ballad, probably originally dating to 18th century)
- Then Turpin being so very cute,
- He hid his money in his boot.
- Cute trick, but can you do it consistently?
Though all the above usages are understood outside US & Canada, they are rarely used spontaneously except to characterise or parody American usage.
- (having features mainly attributed to infants and small or cuddly animals): endearing
- (attractive or pleasing in a youthful, dainty, quaint or fun-spirited way): pretty
having features mainly attributed to infants and small or cuddly animals
- Afrikaans: oulik
- American Sign Language: H@Chin-PalmBackFingerUp Flatten
- Arabic: فَاتِن (fātin), قَشِيب (qašīb), جَذَّاب (jaḏḏāb)
- Bulgarian: мил (bg) (mil)
- Catalan: bufó
- Mandarin: 可愛 (zh), 可爱 (zh) (kě'ài)
- Czech: roztomilý (cs) m
- Danish: nuttet (da), sød (da)
- Dutch: schattig (nl), koddig (nl), lief (nl), zoetjes (nl)
- Esperanto: beleta
- Faroese: søtur m
- Finnish: suloinen (fi), söpö (fi), lutunen
- French: mignon (fr)
- Georgian: საყვარელი (saq̇vareli), სასიამოვნო (sasiamovno)
- German: goldig (de), niedlich (de), süß (de)
- Hawaiian: nani
- Hebrew: חמוד m (khamud), חמודה (khamuda) f (1 - with comical touch, 2)
- Hindi: प्यारा (hi) (pyārā)
- Hungarian: aranyos (hu), helyes (hu), cuki (hu), édes (hu)
- Icelandic: sætur (is) m, snotur m
- Ido: miniona (io)
- Indonesian: cakep (id)
- Italian: carino (it), grazioso
- Japanese: 可愛い (ja) (かわいい, kawaii)
- Korean: 귀엽다 (ko) (gwiyeopda) (predicative), 귀여운 (ko) (gwiyeoun) (attributive)
- Macedonian: симпатична f (simpatična)
- Malay: comel
- Norwegian: søt (no)
- Persian: ناز (fa) (nâz), ملوس (fa) (malus)
- Polish: słodki (pl) m, uroczy (pl) m
- Portuguese: fofo (pt)
- Romanian: drăguț (ro), drăgălaș (ro)
- Russian: ми́лый (ru) (mílyj), хоро́шенький (ru) (xoróšenʹkij), симпати́чный (ru) (simpatíčnyj)
- Scottish Gaelic: bòidheach, grinn
- Serbo-Croatian: sladak (sh) m
- Sicilian: biddicchiu (scn)
- Slovene: srčkan
- Spanish: lindo (es) m, precioso (es) m, gracioso (es), chulo (es), pituso, bonito (es) m
- Swedish: gullig (sv), söt (sv)
- Tamil: அன்பான (aṉpāṉa)
- Thai: น่ารัก (th) (nâa-rák)
- Urdu: معصوم
attractive or pleasing in a youthful, dainty, quaint or fun-spirited way
dated: mentally keen or discerning; clever, shrewd
- ablative singular of cutis