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be as cute as a button

To be pleasing in appearance and/or temperament. This phrase is most often applied to children and females. Your little girl is as cute as a button in that frilly dress. Katie is pretty and has such a sweet disposition—she's as cute as a button.
See also: button, cute

(as) cute as a bug's ear

Adorable; very cute. Your puppy is just as cute as a bug's ear! Look at his big eyes!
See also: cute, ear

(as) cute as a button

Pleasing in appearance and/or temperament. This phrase is most often applied to children and females. Your little girl is as cute as a button in that frilly dress. Katie is pretty and has such a sweet disposition—she's as cute as a button.
See also: button, cute

*cute as a bug's ear

very cute. (*Also: as ~.) That little baby is cute as a bug's ear.
See also: cute, ear

cute as a button

Also, cute as a bug's ear. Pretty or attractive in a dainty way, as in That baby is cute as a button. Cute originally was a shortening of acute, for "sharp-witted and clever," but in the early 1800s it also took on its current meaning. Other than that buttons and bug's hearing organs can be small, there is no good explanation for these similes.
See also: button, cute

(as) cute as a ˈbutton

(American English) (usually used about a baby or a child, or somebody/something small) very attractive and charming: Kate is four, and as cute as a button!
See also: button, cute
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said in a survey report that women in Tokyo tend to emphasize cuteness when they put on makeup while those in Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei and Seoul try to look intellectual and beautiful.
Their cuteness suggests guilelessness, simplicity, a refreshing lack of affectation" (2-3).
It decided to add on ambassadors of cute because the concept of cuteness is at the core of much of this country's most popular youth fads and resonates with young people elsewhere.
In the study, young women taking hormone-boosting contraceptive pills outdid those not taking contraceptives at detecting babies' cuteness.
We compared cuteness discrimination in pre and post-menopausal women of the same age alongside women taking and not taking oral contraceptives.
Japan is addicted to all things kawaii, so it's no surprise that the propaganda architects should consider the cuteness craze a fitting foundation.
Her elephants derive their unmistakable cuteness from the fact that they are infantile and objectified, and in this way they parallel kawaii depictions of women, who are commonly presented as innocent and childlike.
He says he's glad the movie gets away from the cuteness of kids' Christmas pageants and romantic notions of Nazareth and Bethlehem.
They may lack a bit of the cuteness factor of koalas, and they do not pack the punch of larger kangaroos, but there is something attractive about the thick fur, curious markings and even more curious expressions.
Cuteness is distinct from beauty, researchers say, because it favors rounded over sculptured, soft over refined, clumsy over graceful.
Roach tells her story and as Roach, Quigley is clearly having way too much fun, with exaggerated accents, girlish cuteness, and occasional scatological naughtiness.
There's also a circus-tent cuteness to the Quails that includes stand-up bass, off-key harmonies and funny-looking costumes.
It's no wonder wide chasms exist between communities of color that have struggled for hard-won civil rights and gay communities whose poster boys, cuteness notwithstanding, include the likes of Billy Bean.
Many will be grateful to be offered a book that contains neither stupid, unassimilable violence nor Disneyfied cuteness.
Of particular interest here are Allison Pingree's contribution on Daisy and Violet Hilton, Siamese twins who achieved celebrity in the early 20th-century United States, and Lori Merish's discussion of cuteness as a commodity aesthetic that mediated notions of difference in the exhibition of Tom Thumb and the films of Shirley Temple.