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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 ?
At the Kings' she daily saw all she wanted, for the children's older sisters were just out, and Meg caught frequent glimpses of dainty ball dresses and bouquets, heard lively gossip about theaters, concerts, sleighing parties, and merrymakings of all kinds, and saw money lavished on trifles which would have been so precious to her.
But when they got their electric torches, and focused them on the inert, black object, it was found to be a bear which had come to nose about the camp for dainty morsels.
And the ladies, selecting with dainty and discriminating fingers and a little greedily, all declared that Mr.
Thus unscrupulously did the old gentlewoman sacrifice the continuance, perhaps, of an ancient feathered race, with no better end than to supply her brother with a dainty that hardly filled the bowl of a tea-spoon
It were well," muttered the most iron-visaged of the old dames, "if we stripped Madame Hester's rich gown off her dainty shoulders; and as for the red letter which she hath stitched so curiously, I'll bestow a rag of mine own rheumatic flannel to make a fitter one
Farther on he beheld great fields of Indian corn, with its golden ears peeping from their leafy coverts, and holding out the promise of cakes and hasty- pudding; and the yellow pumpkins lying beneath them, turning up their fair round bellies to the sun, and giving ample prospects of the most luxurious of pies; and anon he passed the fragrant buckwheat fields breathing the odor of the beehive, and as he beheld them, soft anticipations stole over his mind of dainty slap-jacks, well buttered, and garnished with honey or treacle, by the delicate little dimpled hand of Katrina Van Tassel.
But for all this, the great negro was wonderfully abstemious, not to say dainty.
This was an airy slim boy in shrimp-colored tights that made him look like a forked carrot, the rest of his gear was blue silk and dainty laces and ruffles; and he had long yellow curls, and wore a plumed pink satin cap tilted complacently over his ear.
They were single-barreled and silver-mounted, and very dainty and pretty.
When he got a-front of us he lifts his hat ever so gracious and dainty, like it was the lid of a box that had butterflies asleep in it and he didn't want to disturb them, and says:
Now she clothed the naked little creature in one of Thomas `a Becket's snowy, long baby gowns, with its bright blue bows and dainty flummery of ruffles.
His cap was a dainty thing, his close- buttoned blue cloth roundabout was new and natty, and so were his pantaloons.