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Cute vs. Handsome

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  • Cute (adjective)

    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.

    "Our reaction to cute attributes is understood as the way nature ensures mammals care for their young."

  • Cute (adjective)

    Generally, attractive or pleasing, especially in a youthful, dainty, quaint or fun-spirited way.

    "Let's go to the mall and look for cute girls."

  • Cute (adjective)

    Affected or mincingly clever; precious; cutesy.

    "The actor's performance was too cute for me. All that mugging to the audience killed the humor."

    "Don't get cute with me, boy!"

  • Cute (adjective)

    Mentally keen or discerning (See also acute)

    "clever|shrewd"

    "Cute trick, but can you do it consistently?"

  • Handsome (adjective)

    Having a good appearance; good-looking.

    "a handsome garment, house, tree, or horse"

  • Handsome (adjective)

    Visually attractive; pleasant looking, good-looking. Examples contradict label. Also, it seems to me that Austen uses "handsome" about women synonymously with "beautiful", so maybe that is an obsolete sense?

    "a handsome man"

  • Handsome (adjective)

    Good, appealing, appropriate.

  • Handsome (adjective)

    Striking, impressive and elegantly proportioned, though not typically beautiful.

  • Handsome (adjective)

    Fine, clear and bright.

  • Handsome (adjective)

    Generous or noble in character.

    "Handsome is as handsome does."

  • Handsome (adjective)

    Ample; moderately large.

    "a handsome salary"

  • Handsome (adjective)

    Dexterous; skillful.

  • Handsome (verb)

    To render handsome.

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Cute (adjective)

    Clever; sharp; shrewd; ingenious; cunning.

  • Cute (adjective)

    pleasantly attractive, in a delicate way; - said of children, young ladies, pet animals and some objects, but seldom of adults; as, a cute child; a cute kitten; a cute little house; a cute statue.

  • Cute (adjective)

    smart-alecky or impertinent; as, a cute remark.

  • Cute (adjective)

    affectedly clever.

  • Handsome (adjective)

    Dexterous; skillful; handy; ready; convenient; - applied to things as persons.

  • Handsome (adjective)

    Agreeable to the eye or to correct taste; having a pleasing appearance or expression; attractive; having symmetry and dignity; comely; - expressing more than pretty, and less than beautiful; as, a handsome man or woman; a handsome garment, house, tree, horse.

  • Handsome (adjective)

    Suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; graceful; becoming; appropriate; as, a handsome style, etc.

  • Handsome (adjective)

    Evincing a becoming generosity or nobleness of character; liberal; generous.

  • Handsome (adjective)

    Ample; moderately large.

  • Handsome

    To render handsome.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Cute (adjective)

    attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness;

    "a cute kid with pigtails"

    "a cute little apartment"

    "cunning kittens"

    "a cunning baby"

  • Cute (adjective)

    obviously contrived to charm;

    "an insufferably precious performance"

    "a child with intolerably cute mannerisms"

  • Handsome (adjective)

    pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion;

    "a fine-looking woman"

    "a good-looking man"

    "better-looking than her sister"

    "very pretty but not so extraordinarily handsome"

    "our southern women are well-favored"

  • Handsome (adjective)

    given or giving freely;

    "was a big tipper"

    "the bounteous goodness of God"

    "bountiful compliments"

    "a freehanded host"

    "a handsome allowance"

    "Saturday's child is loving and giving"

    "a liberal backer of the arts"

    "a munificent gift"

    "her fond and openhanded grandfather"

Princeton's WordNet

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