View synonyms for daintily


[ deyn-ti-lee ]


  1. in a way that shows fine or delicate manners or tastes:

    She'd been nibbling daintily on a sparerib; now she dabbed her lips with a napkin.

  2. with particular care to avoid soiling, spilling, damage, etc.; fastidiously:

    We piled our trash daintily atop overfilled garbage cans.

  3. delicately and beautifully, or with fine, exquisite detail:

    I was glad for the moment to be neither an ornithologist nor an entomologist, so that I might leave every one of these daintily colored sunbirds and butterflies to the enjoyment of its life.

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  • o·ver·dain·ti·ly adverb
  • un·dain·ti·ly adverb
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Example Sentences

In the age of social distancing, no celebrity profile can begin with the subject wolfishly striding into a hotel bar or daintily picking at a breakfast.

I like how the cardigan itself is almost dainty, with an open knit that’s surprisingly warm for how light it is.

They open quickly, and they take only dainty little bites off of the battery as they operate.

That’s more than seven times as much as some dainty little honeybee delivers.

A cigar should be handled daintily; it is a fragile, graceful creature—don't mar its beauty.

The table was set with Georgian silver and decorated daintily with flowers, while several of the women wore splendid jewels.

How daintily they sip it; how happy they seem; how that lucky rogue of an Irishman prattles away!

A moment later he refers daintily and accurately to the chapel of Saint Nicholas "riding on the bridge, slender and pretty."

She arose from the table and handed me a daintily scented missive addressed to Mrs. Shadd, and I faithfully executed her errand.





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