cute


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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

cute as a button

Daintily attractive. The word “cute” dates from the seventeenth century. It was originally an abbreviation of acute and had the same meaning: clever, shrewd, ingenious. In America, however, it came to be applied to attractive persons or things, those with an appearance of dainty charm rather than outright beauty. A button is small and round; so are some cute objects. For some reason this simile took hold in the early twentieth century. The synonym cute as a bug’s ear similarly alludes to something very small—and in fact nonexistent (bugs don’t have ears).
See also: button, cute
References in periodicals archive ?
Stavropoulos said she first heard the term "cute aggression" after a team of Yale University psychologists released research related to the phenomenon in 2015.
Chie Sakai has made fabric prints of cute things including teddy bears, and made them into smocking, some pulled too tight to make them hard and unpleasant.
There are four categories the cute kids could be entered into; 0-9 months, 10-18 months, 19-36 months and 3-5 years.
And now we are asking you to submit your pictures of your own little-ones to help us crown Tyneside's cute tots and cuties in the counties.
In 1962, Sanrio introduced products with images of cute characters.
My favorite animal is a zebra because it is cute and I love it!
Lot 2: approximately 1 700 tonnes of dewatered sludge from the treatment plants Schleiden and Urft Cute home.
Sadie: "Yes, he's so cute." Mom: "Because he's cute he makes you cry?"
WITH my pointy nose and chin "cute" is not an attribute I expect to have applied to me.
Demi Loavto and Wilmer Valderama are definitely back on and they make a super cute pair!
We aren't complaining 'cause those kids are cute, but Amr Diab has definitely performed a celebrity "no-no" by posting pics of his adorable children on Facebook and Twitter.
In this unique study, which focuses on unexplored aesthetic aspects, Ngai (English, Stanford U.) proposes a theory of aesthetic categories of the zany, cute, and interesting.