[ 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.


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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 dainty

daintily, adverbdaintiness, noun

Word Origin for dainty

C13: from Old French deintié, from Latin dignitās dignity
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