from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Delightfully pretty or dainty.
- adj. Obviously contrived to charm; precious: "[He] mugs so ferociously he kills the humor—it's an insufferably cute performance” ( David Ansen).
- adj. Shrewd; clever.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. 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.
- adj. Generally, attractive or pleasing, especially in a youthful, dainty, quaint or fun-spirited way.
- adj. Affected or contrived to charm; mincingly clever; precious; cutesy.
- adj. Mentally keen or discerning; clever; shrewd; see acute.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Clever; sharp; shrewd; ingenious; cunning.
- adj. pleasantly attractive, in a delicate way; -- said of children, young ladies, pet animals and some objects, but seldom of adults.
- adj. smart-alecky or impertinent.
- adj. affectedly clever.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Acute; clever; sharp; smart.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness
- adj. obviously contrived to charm
Short for acute.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortened from acute, originally “keenly perceptive or discerning, shrewd” (1731). Meaning transferred to “pretty, fetching” by US students (slang) c.1834. Meaning drifted further to associate specifically with the pleasing attraction to features usually possessed by the young. (Wiktionary)