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First of all, I have told a girl that I wasn't even the slightest bit sexually attracted to that she was hot. She is very hot looking. I have never been attracted to her. (Mainly due to her attitude and her push to "be green.") I wouldn't ever do anything with her. We are work friends, nothing more.
And to be perfectly honest, when I tell a girl she's hot, I generally don't want\expect anything. When I say a girl is cute that, for me means she's exactly what I look for.
Every guy is different but for me, if I call a girl cute, I mean "I like the way you look and act and would very much like the opportunity to get to know you better." A pretty girl is just a pretty girl. A hot girl CAN be someone I would like to jump but generally there's no relationship there for me. Cute is better than hot.
Think about the guy you're talking about. Is he smart or er... not? A jock will have completely different answers to me. (But to me, jocks only focus on looks and how many girls they can have sex with. Not a relationship. In that case, generally anything that comes out of their mouth that isn't negative towards a girl means, I'd have sex with you if you let me. But that's just my opinion.)