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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:
Noun1.daintiness - the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance; "the daintiness of her touch"; "the fineness of her features"
elegance - a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste; "she conveys an aura of elegance and gentility"
وَسامَه، أناقَه
næmni, lipurî


[ˈdeɪntɪnɪs] N [of person, hands, vase] → finura f, delicadeza f; [of steps] → elegancia f, delicadeza f; [of figure] → gracia f, delicadeza f


nZierlichkeit f; (of movement, manners etc)Anmutigkeit f, → Geziertheit f (pej)


[ˈdeɪntɪnɪs] n (of food, person) → delicatezza; (of gestures, manners) → grazia


(ˈdeinti) adjective
small or fragile and attractive. a dainty little girl.
ˈdaintily adverb
ˈdaintiness noun
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