daintily


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.daintily - in a refined manner; "she nibbled daintily at her cake"
2.daintily - in a delicate manner; "the invitation cards were written up daintily in white and gold"
Translations
بِوَسامَه، بِأَناقَه
líbezněněžně
lækkert
meî næmni, meî lipurî
nazikânezerafetle

daintily

[ˈdeɪntɪlɪ] ADV [walk] → elegantemente, con pasos delicados; [eat] (= delicately) → con delicadeza, delicadamente; (= affectedly) → remilgadamente, melindrosamente
the fish was daintily servedse sirvió el pescado exquisitamente presentado
a plate of daintily cut sandwichesun plato de sandwiches delicadamente cortados

daintily

[ˈdeɪntɪli] adv [step, walk, tread] → gracieusement; [nibble] → délicatement

daintily

advzierlich; hold, walk, moveanmutig

daintily

[ˈdeɪntɪlɪ] adv (eat, hold) → delicatamente; (move, walk) → con grazia

dainty

(ˈdeinti) adjective
small or fragile and attractive. a dainty little girl.
ˈdaintily adverb
ˈdaintiness noun
References in classic literature ?
In the porkers he saw carved out the future sleek side of bacon, and juicy relishing ham; not a turkey but he beheld daintily trussed up, with its gizzard under its wing, and, peradventure, a necklace of savory sausages; and even bright chanticleer himself lay sprawling on his back, in a side dish, with uplifted claws, as if craving that quarter which his chivalrous spirit disdained to ask while living.
Then she said musingly, and softly, turn- ing the words daintily over her tongue: "Hang they out -- hang they out -- where hang -- where do they hang out; eh, right so; where do they hang out.
Sometimes her English is daintily prim and bookish and captivating.
Tom swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect -- added a touch here and there -- criticised the effect again -- Ben watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more absorbed.
In five minutes they returned, the little ones bearing plates of thin caraway wafers,--hearts, diamonds, and circles daintily sugared, and flecked with caraway seed raised in the garden behind the house.
He set aside his plate of strawberries once more, and daintily dried his fingers on his fine white napkin.
In a most irritating manner he instantly slapped his hands against one another, daintily flung one of his legs up behind him, pulled my hair, slapped his hands again, dipped his head, and butted it into my stomach.
Yet, for all that, one could not be insensible to the exotic race and distinction of that frivolous town petticoat, daintily disporting itself there among its country cousins, like a queen among milkmaids.
Her white hands were moving daintily among the cups, and her full red lips were smiling at something that Dorian had whispered to her.
The monkey took it very daintily and finally came to the table.
It is true that when he is hungry there is a certain appearance of voracity about him, for he eats at a great pace and chews with both jaws; but cleanliness he is always mindful of; and when he was governor he learned how to eat daintily, so much so that he eats grapes, and even pomegranate pips, with a fork.
But right cunning was the shooting, for the men had spent a certain time in daily practice, and many were the shafts which sped daintily through the circle.