adjective, dain·ti·er, dain·ti·est.
noun, plural dain·ties.
Origin of dainty
Synonyms for dainty
Related Words for daintinessdefect, failing, imperfection, foible, deficiency, shortcoming, fallibility, infirmity, debility, blemish, feebleness, fault, solecism, delicacy, decrepitude, foil, peccadillo, error, daintiness
Examples from the Web for daintiness
Historical Examples of daintiness
He noticed the daintiness of her profile, the placid sweetness of her face in repose.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
He loved the grace of them, the daintiness of their dress, the softness of their voices.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
She had given it the right touch of daintiness and refinement.Hester's Counterpart
Jean K. Baird
Space, daintiness, simplicity—these were the first impressions.Flaming June
Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The tiger-wolf has a certain amount of daintiness in its appetite when in a state of nature.Heads and Tales
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).