- 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 dainty
When Little Snow White entered, she found everything tiny, but dainty and neat.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
He clumsily sipped from the dainty straw of a blasphemously non-bourbon beverage and smiled broadly as he talked to fellow bros.Mitch’s Brotastic Victory Bash
November 5, 2014
She looked so sweet and dainty that I kissed her again and then sat down before the easel.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Raw cut leather coats, and ruffles in all shapes and sizes provided a dainty edge.Lanvin's Artful Fall Mix
March 1, 2013
And all of them dwarfed the FDA's dainty definition of a muffin serving (two ounces).Snacks: You Lie!
The Daily Beast
September 23, 2009
She signified her helplessness with a quick and dainty movement of her hands.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
She carried her head with the dainty alertness of a beautiful bird.The Incomplete Amorist
It was so much more beautiful to be dainty and small and piquant.The Gentleman From Indiana
She did not know that they were bluets, but she knew they were dainty and sweet and beckoned to her.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
They covered me with a dainty coverlet spun of the hair of a hundred gnats.The Chinese Fairy Book
- 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 dainty
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).
c.1300, "delightful, pleasing," from dainty (n.). Meaning evolved in Middle English to "choice, excellent" (late 14c.) to "delicately pretty." Related: Daintiness.