I was recently talking to a group of my guy friends about the difference between a 'cute' girl versus a hot girl or a gorgeous girl. What is the difference? - So many different adjectives associated with attraction. I don't get it. Any thoughts?
Cute Beautiful/ gorgeous and hot are all relative to the "standard" for attractiveness.
Lets call the standard "Hot", Hot is a play boy bunny. A Hot girl generally looks something like a girl you would see on the cover of a Victoria's secret catalog. Strictly speaking a hot girl is a girl that sexually attracts a male and when I say sexually I mean sexually. Guys generally want to have sex with hot girls (as opposed to romantic dinners).
Cute is a little different. Cute means good looking but not necessarily conforming to the standard for sexual attraction. A Cute girl is a girl that isn't Hot but is still attractive. Cute means that she's attractive TO THAT SPECIFIC MALE as opposed to attractive to the collective as a hot girl would. A cute girl attracts a guy by her face rather than her body.
Beautiful/ Gorgeous is a little different. Beautiful is generally talking about a womans looks. Its something you would say to your wife. Beautiful doesn't have any sexual connotations to it (like hot) its strictly speaking about a womans good looks. ITs also more formal.
Ok I like what I saw with responses so far but there are still a couple things left out. The fact that a guy may say out loud a girl is hot is a true testament of that guy! THAT GUY! Not the girl, see the male is more like a shotgun blast, We have a typically large range of what we see as attractive. So what one guy says is "HOT" is only "Yea Id do her" to another guy. I typically like to sleep with "cute girls" because they don't hurt me. I like to date "smoking hot girls" because they look good next to me in public. Lastly If I EVER get married I would only consider a Gorgeous women, NEVER SETTLE
I rarely use hot or gorgeous. I think it's one of those words that is used all the time like LOVE. A cute girl is a girl that is attractive. A hot or gorgeous girl is one that is very rare and model material. But that's just the way I look at it.
My boyfriend has called me all of the above and in no particular order. They're just words and they depend on the guy and how he defines it. Like if we say a guy is hot, he's eye candy. If he's cute, he's good looking with an awesome personality. If he's adorable, he makes your heart melt. And other girls may have different standards, it's just an example.