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First and foremost, it's nearly offensive to call a girl "hot" nowadays. If you call her hot you might as well just admit it's all about her body and the way she's moving it around.
Depending on how the conversation came about, I might assume he felt it necessary to stay away from the term. Instead, he picks cute -- a word I would say describes more personality than assets -- to better describe you! Maybe it's a good thing, maybe it doesn't matter so much. I don't really see them meaning the same thing, so take it how you will.