Such as arctophile or entomophile? Looking for something more formal sounding than 'cuteophile' or something similarly made up.

  • Cuteophile, though sounds cute, just cannot be, per rules of grammar/ linguistics conventions. A fine question for sure. – Kris Sep 16 '12 at 7:36
  • @Kris: Agreed, a tough nut to crack. I tried looking up "hearts rainbows unicorns" in a reverse dictionary, just to see what would happen. I found many interesting words – like Strzyga, Koosalagoopagoop, and Billy Bob Thornton – but many were not related to anything cute. I did find one candidate for the O.P.: Binbealean (Binbeal is the Aboriginal god of rainbows). Example usage: When I saw my daughter dotting her i's with small hearts, I admonished her. "Your handwriting is too Binbealean," I said. – J.R. Sep 16 '12 at 9:51

While not a perfect fit, a person who likes beautiful things would be an aesthete.

In Japan — the home of all things cute and cuddly-wuddly — the term kawaii, meaning cute, lovable, adorable, etc., "has become a prominent aspect of Japanese popular culture, entertainment, clothing, food, toys, personal appearance, behavior, and mannerisms". It has now entered the English dictionary as a loanword. People often talk about the "kawaii syndrome" affecting all of Japan. That said, a kawaiiphile sounds just as made up as cuteophile. Depending on context, you might be able to stretch kawaii-otaku (otaku is another loanword) to imply an obsessive interest in cute things.

Then there's agalmatophilia which involves "sexual attraction to a statue, doll, mannequin or other similar figurative object".

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  • "Kawaiophile" would be a useful word to have in English :) but unfortunately its meaning wouldn't be very guessable to people who don't know the root word... – alcas Sep 16 '12 at 21:15
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    @alcas Agreed. But its entry into the dictionary as well as the ever-rising popularity of anime etc. should help. Then again, I expect that kawaii will largely be misspelt/mispronounced to mean kowai :| – coleopterist Sep 17 '12 at 4:21

According to Perseus the Ancient Greek φιλόλιχνος, philolichnos meant "loving dainties, lickerish, dainty", so turning it around we'd get: lichnophile.

In Modern Greek, according to a correspondent at wiki.answers.com, "Cute is χαριτωμένο (haritomeno) which can be applied to both soulless objects (teddy bears, dresses etc.) and living beings (humans, dogs, cats etc.)", which would yield charitomenophile.

It would be interesting to know whether lichnophilia (or charitomenophilia) is clinically related to Acquired Cuteness Disorder.

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  • Lol at ACD! (before checking out the link, that is.) – Kris Sep 16 '12 at 7:35

The term sentimentalist is somewhat broader, but may well encompass the concept you are seeking. See sentimentality.

The term kitsch is often used to describe objects that others might characterize as cute. See this article that discusses sentimentality and kitsch (among many other things).

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  • senta or senti? – coleopterist Sep 16 '12 at 16:00
  • @coleopterist Once again my sloppy typing betrays me. At least I spelled it right in one instance out of three. Thanks. – bib Sep 16 '12 at 16:27

There are lots of names, but if you're looking for a name like "otaku" or "weeaboo", there are sadly no names. I love Kawaii things myself, so I would suggest making up your own name. Try "Kawaiiboo" or "Kawaiiku".

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