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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
cute (adjective)
1.
a) clever or shrewd often in an underhanded manner
b) - impertinent smart-alecky don't get cute with me
2.
attractive or pretty especially in a childish, youthful, or delicate way
3.
obviously straining for effect
cute (noun)
the quality or state of being cute or - cutesy , also an instance of or - cuteness cutesiness usually used in plural a movie suffering from a case of the cutes
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
cute (adjective)
1.
clever at attaining one's ends by indirect and often deceptive means
SYNONIMS:
beguiling, cagey ( cagy), crafty, cunning, cute, designing, devious, dodgy, foxy, guileful, scheming, shrewd, slick, sly, subtle, tricky, wily
RELATED WORDS:
astute, facile, glib, sharp; crooked, deceitful, deceptive, dishonest, fraudulent, insinuating, knavish, Machiavellian, oblique, serpentine, shady, shifty, slippery, sneaky, treacherous, underhand, underhanded, unscrupulous; backhanded, double-dealing, hypocritical, insincere, left-handed, mealy, mealymouthed, smooth-tongued, two-faced; circuitous, circular, roundabout; clandestine, concealed, covert, furtive, hugger-mugger, secret, stealthy, surreptitious, undercover; calculating, plotting
NEAR ANTONYMS:
obvious, open, patent, plain, public, unconcealed; aboveboard, candid, direct, forthright, frank, honest, natural, outspoken, plainspoken, real, simple, sincere, straightforward, unaffected, unpretending, unpretentious, unvarnished; childlike, impressionable, simpleminded, unsophisticated, unworldly; unforced, unstudied; trustful, trusting
artless, guileless, ingenuous, innocent, undesigning
cute (adjective)
2.
making light of something usually regarded as serious or sacred
SYNONIMS:
cute, facetious, flip, pert, smart, smart-aleck, smart-alecky, smart-ass, smart-assed, smarty-pants, wise, wiseass
RELATED WORDS:
flighty, frivolous; cheeky, cocky, fresh, impertinent, impish, impudent, mischievous, playful, roguish, sassy, saucy, waggish; disrespectful, rude; breezy, casual, glib, inappropriate, thoughtless
NEAR ANTONYMS:
grave, serious, sober, solemn, somber ( sombre)
earnest, sincere
cute (adjective)
3.
very pleasing to look at
SYNONIMS:
aesthetic ( esthetic aesthetical esthetical), attractive, beauteous, bonny ( bonnie), comely, cute, drop-dead, fair, fetching, good, good-looking, goodly, gorgeous, handsome, knockout, likely, lovely, lovesome, pretty, ravishing, seemly, sightly, stunning, taking, well-favored
RELATED WORDS:
alluring, appealing, charming, cunning, delightful, engaging, fascinating, glamorous ( glamourous), prepossessing; elegant, exquisite, glorious, Junoesque, magnificent, resplendent, splendid, statuesque, sublime, superb; flawless, perfect, radiant; dainty, delicate; personable, pleasant, presentable; chocolate-box, prettyish; desirable, dishy, dollish, foxy, hot, luscious, nubile, pulchritudinous, seductive, sexy, tasty, toothsome, yummy; hunky, studly []; arresting, eye-catching, flamboyant, flashy, glossy, showstopping, showy, slick, snazzy, splashy, striking, zingy; photogenic, telegenic
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abhorrent, abominable, bad, disagreeable, disgusting, dreadful, foul, frightful, ghastly, horrible, loathsome, nasty, nauseating, objectionable, offensive, repellent ( repellant), repugnant, repulsive, revolting, shocking, sickening, terrible, vile; unappealing, unappetizing, unimposing, unpleasant, unprepossessing; frumpish, frumpy, unbecoming, unshapely; Gorgonian, haggish, witchy
grotesque, hideous, homely, ill-favored, plain, ugly, unaesthetic, unattractive, unbeautiful, uncomely, uncute, unhandsome, unlovely, unpleasing, unpretty, unsightly
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