adjective, dain·ti·er, dain·ti·est.
noun, plural dain·ties.
Origin of dainty
Synonyms for dainty
Related Words for daintilyeasily, delicately, casually, tenderly, moderately, gingerly, softly, simply, mildly, freely, quietly, slightly, sparsely, faintly, subtly, smoothly, gently, neatly, nimbly, beautifully
Examples from the Web for daintily
Historical Examples of 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
Judith finished dabbling her fingers in the finger-bowl, and wiped them daintily.Miss Pat at School
adjective -tier or -tiest
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for dainty
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).