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1. Clever; sharp; shrewd; pretty or attractive.
2. Etymology: cute was originally a shortened form of acute in the sense of being "keenly perceptive or discerning, shrewd".

It is considered likely that cute came to be used as a term of praise, or approval, for things that demonstrated "acuteness", and so it went on to develop its own sense of being "attractive" and "fetching".

This entry is located in the following unit: acuto-, acut-, acuti-, acu-, -cusis; also, agu- (page 5)