dainty

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dain·ty

 (dān′tē)
adj. dain·ti·er, dain·ti·est
1. Delicately beautiful or charming and usually small: dainty slippers.
2. Delicious; tasty: a dainty dish.
3. Fastidious or finicky: "They chided [them] for being too dainty to eat army rations" (Stephen Berry).
4. Frail in constitution or health: "Such heroines have [been]replaced by the dainty young thing who faints away at the sight of a six-shooter" (Molly Gloss).
n. pl. dain·ties
Something delicious; a delicacy.

[Middle English deinte, excellent, excellence, from Old French deintie, from Latin dignitās, from dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots.]

dain′ti·ly adv.
dain′ti·ness n.

dainty

(ˈdeɪntɪ)
adj, -tier or -tiest
1. delicate or elegant: a dainty teacup.
2. pleasing to the taste; choice; delicious: a dainty morsel.
3. refined, esp excessively genteel; fastidious
n, pl -ties
(Cookery) a choice piece of food, esp a small cake or sweet; delicacy
[C13: from Old French deintié, from Latin dignitās dignity]
ˈdaintily adv
ˈdaintiness n

dain•ty

(ˈdeɪn ti)

adj. -ti•er, -ti•est, adj.
1. of delicate beauty or form.
2. pleasing to the taste dainty pastries.
3. particular; fastidious: a dainty eater.
4. overly particular; finicky.
n.
5. something delicious to the taste; delicacy.
[1175–1225; Middle English deinte worthiness, happiness, delicacy < Anglo-French (Old French deint(i)e) < Latin dignitātem, acc. of dignitās]
dain′ti•ly, adv.
dain′ti•ness, n.
syn: See delicate.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dainty - something considered choice to eatdainty - something considered choice to eat  
aliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, sustenance, victuals, nutrition - a source of materials to nourish the body
choice morsel, tidbit, titbit - a small tasty bit of food
savoury, savory - an aromatic or spicy dish served at the end of dinner or as an hors d'oeuvre
confection, sweet - a food rich in sugar
nectar, ambrosia - (classical mythology) the food and drink of the gods; mortals who ate it became immortal
jelly, gelatin - an edible jelly (sweet or pungent) made with gelatin and used as a dessert or salad base or a coating for foods
bone marrow, marrow - very tender and very nutritious tissue from marrowbones
Adj.1.dainty - affectedly dainty or refineddainty - affectedly dainty or refined  
refined - (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel; "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"; "refined people with refined taste"
2.dainty - delicately beautiful; "a dainty teacup"; "an exquisite cameo"
delicate - exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury; "a delicate violin passage"; "delicate china"; "a delicate flavor"; "the delicate wing of a butterfly"
3.dainty - especially pleasing to the taste; "a dainty dish to set before a kind";
tasty - pleasing to the sense of taste; "a tasty morsel"
4.dainty - excessively fastidious and easily disgusted; "too nice about his food to take to camp cooking"; "so squeamish he would only touch the toilet handle with his elbow"
fastidious - giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness; "a fastidious and incisive intellect"; "fastidious about personal cleanliness"

dainty

adjective
1. delicate, pretty, charming, fine, slight, slim, elegant, trim, neat, refined, exquisite, graceful, petite, dinky (Brit. informal) The girls were dainty and feminine.
delicate awkward, coarse, clumsy, ungainly, gauche, uncouth, inelegant, maladroit
3. particular, nice, refined, fussy, scrupulous, fastidious, choosy, picky (informal), finicky, anal retentive, finical They cater for a range of tastes, from the dainty to the extravagant.

dainty

adjective
1. Appealing to refined taste:
noun
Something fine and delicious, especially a food:
Informal: goody.
Translations
سَهْل الكَسْر، وَسيم، أنيق
líbeznýněžný
lækkeryndig
fallega fíngerîur
dailiai
gleznsizsmalcinātstrausls
ljubek

dainty

[ˈdeɪntɪ]
A. ADJ (daintier (compar) (daintiest (superl)))
1. (= delicate) [person, hands, vase] → fino, delicado; [steps] → elegante, delicado; [figure] → delicado; [food, clothes] → exquisito, refinado
a dainty morselun bocado exquisito
2. (= fastidious) → delicado, melindroso
B. Nbocado m exquisito
daintiesexquisiteces fpl

dainty

[ˈdeɪnti] adj [hand, foot, face] → délicat(e), mignon(ne); [flower] → délicat(e), joli(e); [handkerchief, socks, apron] → adorable

dainty

adj (+er)
zierlich; lace, handkerchieffein; movement, musicanmutig; she has dainty little waysbei or an ihr ist alles fein und zierlich
foodappetitlich; dainty morselAppetithappen m
(= refined)geziert, etepetete (inf)
nLeckerei f

dainty

[ˈdeɪntɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (person, figure) → minuto/a; (child, manners) → aggraziato/a; (flowers, gesture) → delicato/a, grazioso/a; (dishes, food) → delicato/a; (dress, shoes) → grazioso/a

dainty

(ˈdeinti) adjective
small or fragile and attractive. a dainty little girl.
ˈdaintily adverb
ˈdaintiness noun
References in classic literature ?
I have seen men enmeshed by a corset cover no prettier, no daintier, than these of yours I have seen on the line.
Even the daintier gentlemen and ladies who had no idea of his secret, and who would have been startled out of more wits than they had, by the monstrous impropriety of his proposing to them 'Come and see what I see
Charles Whitehead in Campfires of the Everglades (written in 1891) describes it perfectly:"--and flank it with nothing discordant and gross, but with some game bird, and nothing better than an English snipe, and then thank the Lord who giveth us our meat in due season, for never since man had dominion over the fowls of the air has there been cooked a daintier dish.
I was also given two primulinus varieties to try - daintier with white flowers marked in crimson and pink.
The exhibition's theatrical centrepiece is a sequence of models of the Farnese Hercules lined up like a row of Russian dolls--ranging from a full-scale plaster cast of the hulking marble to daintier replicas in marble, bronze, and terracotta.
Violas are much daintier than brash, bolder pansies, which have large rounded blooms, often with a 'face' or central black blotch.
TRINKET PILE-ON IF YOU prefer daintier jewellery, keep pieces simplistic and layer on excessively.
New York City-based designer Elaine Griffin sees ''a new feminization in design -- daintier details, urban materials interpreted in elegant, classical shapes.
Jimmy Choo creative director, Sandra Choi, agreed, saying that single soles have a daintier feel and enhance female curves in the legs and calf area.
Other details include tall-shaft slouch boots, short and mid-shaft boots with strapping details, and a range of heel heights from flat to chunky stacked and daintier dress heel treatments.
It is complemented by a daintier female version, the Polo Fortyfive Lady.