I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “You learn something new every day.” I think this is usually true, at least for me. Today, I decided to learn something specific. I looked up the definition of the word ‘cute’. After all, I use this word on a regular basis, but have never really known the true definition. Here’s what I found:
cute [kyoot] adjective, cut⋅er, cut⋅est, adverb, noun
1. attractive, esp. in a dainty way; pleasingly pretty: a cute child; a cute little apartment.
2. affectedly or mincingly pretty or clever; precious: The child has acquired some intolerably cute mannerisms.
3. mentally keen; clever; shrewd.
4. Informal. in a cute, charming, or amusing way; cutely: In this type of movie the boy and girl always meet cute.
5. the cutes, Informal. self-consciously cute mannerisms or appeal; affected coyness: The young actress has a bad case of the cutes.
1615–25; aph. var. of ACUTE