[ deyn-tee ]
/ ˈdeɪn ti /
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adjective, dain·ti·er, dain·ti·est.
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: a dainty eater.
overly particular; finicky; fastidious.
noun, plural dain·ties.
something delicious to the taste; a delicacy.
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Origin of dainty
First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English noun deinte, dainte, dente “worthiness, happiness, delicacy,” from Anglo-French deinte, Old French deint(i)e, from Latin dignitāt- (stem of dignitās ); the adjective is derivative of the noun; see dignity
synonym study for dainty
1. See delicate. 3. See particular.
OTHER WORDS FROM dainty
dain·ti·ly, adverbdain·ti·ness, nouno·ver·dain·ti·ness, nouno·ver·dain·ty, adjective
su·per·dain·ty, adjectiveun·dain·ti·ness, nounun·dain·ty, adjective
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How to use dainty in a sentence
She had never seen such exquisite daintiness and it daunted her, although she would have died rather than admit it.The Butterfly House|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
And no flower of any time can excel it in daintiness, purity, and sweetness.Amateur Gardencraft|Eben E. Rexford
Incidentally, too, we are giving ourselves that exquisite daintiness which is one of a girl's charms.The Library of Work and Play: Housekeeping|Elizabeth Hale Gilman
“Why, this might be an up-the-river jaunt,” said Denham, as the appetising daintiness of each article of food revealed itself.Forging the Blades|Bertram Mitford
Mr. Chase remarks on the delicacy and daintiness of the mouthfuls which these little fish afforded the starving mariners.South American Fights and Fighters|Cyrus Townsend Brady
British Dictionary definitions for dainty
/ (ˈdeɪntɪ) /
adjective -tier or -tiest
delicate or eleganta dainty teacup
pleasing to the taste; choice; deliciousa dainty morsel
refined, esp excessively genteel; fastidious
noun plural -ties
a choice piece of food, esp a small cake or sweet; delicacy
Derived forms of daintydaintily, adverbdaintiness, noun
Word Origin for dainty
C13: from Old French deintié, from Latin dignitās dignity
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