- 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 daintiness
He noticed the daintiness of her profile, the placid sweetness of her face in repose.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
He loved the grace of them, the daintiness of their dress, the softness of their voices.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
She had given it the right touch of daintiness and refinement.Hester's Counterpart
Jean K. Baird
Space, daintiness, simplicity—these were the first impressions.Flaming June
Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The tiger-wolf has a certain amount of daintiness in its appetite when in a state of nature.Heads and Tales
- 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 daintiness
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).