- of delicate beauty; exquisite: a dainty lace handkerchief.
- pleasing to the taste and, often, temptingly served or delicate; delicious: dainty pastries.
- of delicate discrimination or taste; particular; fastidious: a dainty eater.
- overly particular; finicky.
- something delicious to the taste; a delicacy.
Origin of dainty
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Examples from the Web for daintily
He sliced it into bits, and she took them daintily from between his fingers.Way of the Lawless
Galeotto ate enormously, Cavalcanti daintily, I but little, and Bianca nothing.The Strolling Saint
Hose-pipes coil over the floors, and one must walk by them daintily.
As she moved away so lightly and so daintily Kelley stared in stupefaction.They of the High Trails</p>
Judith finished dabbling her fingers in the finger-bowl, and wiped them daintily.Miss Pat at School</p>
- delicate or eleganta dainty teacup
- pleasing to the taste; choice; deliciousa dainty morsel
- refined, esp excessively genteel; fastidious
- a choice piece of food, esp a small cake or sweet; delicacy
Word Origin and History for daintily
c.1300, "delightful, pleasing," from dainty (n.). Meaning evolved in Middle English to "choice, excellent" (late 14c.) to "delicately pretty." Related: Daintiness.
c.1300, "excellence, elegance; a luxury," from Old French deintie (12c.) "price, value," also "delicacy, pleasure," from Latin dignitatem (nominative dignitas) "greatness, rank, worthiness, worth, beauty," from dignus "worthy" (see dignity).