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"Cute" is an adjective which is often translated as "lindo", and "pretty" is an adjective which is often translated as "bonito". Learn more about the difference between "cute" and "pretty" below.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (attractive)
a. lindo
You have such a cute puppy!¡Tienes un cachorro muy lindo!
b. precioso
I saw a cute baby at the park.Vi un bebé precioso en el parque.
c. mono
What a cute dress!¡Qué mono tu vestido!
d. rico (colloquial) (Southern Cone)
I want to adopt that cute kitten we saw.Quiero adoptar esa gatita rica que vimos.
e. guapo
There's a really cute guy in that movie.Hay un tipo bien guapo en esa película.
2. (clever)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. listo
She was sent to the office for giving cute answers in class.La mandaron a la oficina por dar repuestas listas en clase.
b. vivo
That kid is going to get himself in trouble if he keeps up the cute attitude.Ese chico se va a meter en problemas si sigue con esa actitud viva.
3. (affected)
a. afectado
You can drop that cute accent; I know you're not Italian.Puedes dejar ese acento afectado; sé que no eres italiano.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (beautiful)
a. bonito
Look at that pretty girl with her mother.Mira a esa niña bonita con su madre.
b. lindo
The moon is so bright and pretty tonight.La luna es tan brillante y linda esta noche.
c. guapo (person)
All the girls in the band are so pretty.Todas las chicas del grupo son muy guapas.
d. hermoso
Your dress is so pretty, where did you get it?Tu vestido está hermoso, ¿dónde lo conseguiste?
e. mono
Fiona's little girl is very pretty.La niñita de Fiona es muy mona.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
2. (considerably)
a. bastante
It turns out it is pretty hard.Resulta que es bastante duro.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to adorn; used with "up")
a. emperejilar
I can't stand seeing such young girls all prettied up as if they were models.No me gusta nada ver a niñas tan jóvenes todas emperejiladas como si fueran modelos.
b. emperifollar
Alice is still upstairs prettying herself up for prom.Alice aún está arriba emperifollándose para el baile de fin de curso.
c. engalanar
We're going to pretty up the garden and have the wedding reception there.Vamos a engalanar el jardín y hacer la boda allí.
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