- 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 dainties
Otto and Pussy also paid several visits, armed with dainties for their favorite.Rico and Wiseli
Lantier had thought of himself when he advised Virginie to deal in dainties.L'Assommoir
Your aunt must have dainties to tempt her appetite and so keep up her strength.The Eternal City
If you do not care to share your dainties, you can hang them from the roof.
John unwrapped the dainties and threw the paper on the floor.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
- 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 dainties
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).