Suppose you see a mother with a laughing little 2-year-old. In English, we might exclaim, "how cute!"
I've had trouble saying this in Spanish. The word "cute" means something like "beautiful", but it has a sense of smallness and playfulness and affection. (It can be used for an adult; I might call my wife "cute" if she's doing something silly, but in serious moments I would say something more like "beautiful".)
I've asked a couple of Spanish speakers for a Spanish equivalent for "cute", and I've looked online, but I'm not sure if any of these fit:
- lindo or guapo - These could both describe an attractive adult, right?
- precioso - This seems close; we might say "precious" in English about a small child.
- ¡qué mono rico es! - This is just confusing. "What a delicious monkey"?
How would you say that a child is "cute" in Spanish?