Cute vs. Adorable

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  • Cute (adjective)

    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.”

  • Cute (adjective)

    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.”

  • Cute (adjective)

    Affected or 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!”

  • Cute (adjective)

    Mentally keen or discerning (See also acute)


    “Cute trick, but can you do it consistently?”

  • Adorable (adjective)

    Befitting of being adored; cute or loveable.

  • Cute (adjective)

    attractive in a pretty or endearing way

    “she had a cute little nose”

  • Cute (adjective)

    sexually attractive; good-looking

    “Ryan’s cute but he’s kinda young”

    “a cute guy”

  • Cute (adjective)

    clever or cunning, especially in a self-seeking or superficial way

    “the two brothers were cute enough to find a couple of rich women and marry them”

    “she had a real cute idea”

Oxford Dictionary

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