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I think the difference is the person that says it. When someone says "you're hot" it reflects that that person is confident and very forward/aggressive. When someone says "you're cute" it means that she might like you and thinks your attractive. Both mean the same thing hot is more sexual but cute pretty much means the same thing. Personally I'd feel like a creep if I told a guy "You're really hot". Cute is the safer, tamer version and it's less sexual and more like and "I like you a lot" type thing for a relationship. Whereas the "You're hot" is more like a one night stand hookup kinda thing.