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January 22, 2014

The Differences Between Cute, Pretty, Sexy & Beautiful

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Dictionary definition:

Cute: Attractive in a pretty or endearing way.

Sexy: 
Sexually attractive or exciting.

Pretty: 
Attractive in a delicate way without being truly beautiful or handsome.

Beautiful: 
Pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically.

Urban dictionary definition:

Cute: A girl who is lovely and dreamy and cuddly and shy and beautiful and awwww *drools*

Sexy: Supposed to mean sexually attractive, however recently it has become a word of ambiguous meaning that morons use when unable to think of a better adjective for something they like.

Pretty: 1.)A girl who has physical appeals that attracts a guy.
2.)A girl can also be pretty inside in her feelings in her beliefs.

Beautiful:
Beautiful is a woman who has a distinctive personality, one who can laugh at anything, including themselves, who is especially kind and caring to others. She is a woman who above all else knows the value of having fun, and not taking life too seriously. She is a woman that you can trust and count on to brighten your day. She is a woman who can inexplicably make you feel really good just by being around her, and yet brings such great sadness when she is gone. She is a woman who I will never really get to know.

The first thing that comes up when Google Image searched:

Cute: A tiny, soft looking puppy.

Sexy: 
A meme of a chesty, tanned woman posing in front of a toilet.

Pretty: 
A brown-haired smiling woman.

Beautiful: 
The silhouette of a kissing couple with a digital, purple and pink, star-filled sky in the background.

Is it flattering to be given this label?:

Cute: Depends on if you’re cool taking a compliment that’s often directed at small animals & children.

Sexy:
Depends on if you’re attracted to the person saying it.

Pretty:
Depends on if it’s coming from someone other than your mother, because she’s basically obligated to tell you you’re pretty/handsome.

Beautiful:
Depends on if they’re referring to your physical appearance, because “beautiful on the inside,” is cool or whatever, but you know what we really want — tell us how we look.

In terms of breakfast foods:

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Sound most likely to be made at you:

Cute: Aww!

Sexy: Rawr!

Pretty: Ay, can I talk to you for a minute?!

Beautiful:
*no sounds, just stares*

Article of clothing synonymous with word:

Cute: Velcro and/or light up kid-sized sneakers.

Sexy: Lingerie.

Pretty:
A floral print top?

Beautiful:
A dress or gown that you’d wear to a ball if you’re some sort of Disney princess.

In terms of days of the week:

Cute: Thursdays evenings because they’re trying really hard and it’s adorable.

Sexy:
Saturday nights, obviously.

Pretty:
Sunday morning. This is short lived – Sunday evenings are fugly.

Beautiful:
Friday at around 4:59 PM.

In terms of pastries:

Cute: Donut holes.

Sexy: Muffins. Peeling off that paper, getting crumbs in your lap – super sensual stuff.

Pretty:
Hot cross buns.

Beautiful:
Toaster Strudels/Pop-Tarts (inside and out).

Website a video of that type is most likely to go viral on:

Cute: YouTube

Sexy:
R-Rated = WorldStarHipHop, X-Rated = PornHub

Pretty:
Does it involve pretty twerking or something? If no, it’s probably not going viral.

Beautiful:
Does it involve beautiful twerking or something? If no, it’s probably not going viral.

How to tell which one you might be:

Cute: You’re a dwarf bunny.

Sexy:
You have multiple flirty messages in your Facebook inbox from people with whom you share ZERO mutual friends.

Pretty:
Post a selfie to Instagram right now and if it gets double-digit likes within a few hours, you’re pretty.

Beautiful: When you accidentally hit front cam on your phone, the face you see doesn’t terrify you.

Do you need to be a decent person as well if you’re already this thing:

Cute: Who, adorable you? Aww, of course not.

Sexy:
Look at you being all naughty – what was the question again?

Pretty:
Define decent?

Beautiful: You’re already gorgeous, so you don’t need to be anything else per se
. Human decency is only mandatory for below average looking people. When you’re a creme de la creme 10 out of 10 on the outside, the inside is completely your call. TC Mark

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