I asked this question about 7 months ago, but there are always new females on this site, so here it is...I
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For some girls, there's a difference, but I think that most girls don't really draw a distinction. Whatever vocabulary a girl learns, she goes with that.
A lot of girls I know won't say that a guy is handsome because it sounds too serious--like she is too into him. Other girls won't say, "hot" because they feel uncomfortable about seeming to be so sexual in front of their friends--they wouldn't want to be accused of being slutty.
Most girls I know use "cute". Pretty much everyone thinks it is OK to call someone cute. It doesn't sound overly sexual. When girls are with their friends, or when they get older and more confident, or when they live in a place where people expect girls to be highly sexual, then they are more likely to use "hot".0