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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 ?
A little girl, radiant and beautiful, shapely as a fairy and exquisitely dressed, was dancing gracefully in the middle of the lonely road, whirling slowly this way and that, her dainty feet twinkling in sprightly fashion.
Dainty sandals encased her feet, while a wimple of violet silk bordered in gold fringe, lay becomingly over her head and shoulders.
I should never have thought, dear boy of mine, that you were so dainty and fussy about your food.
Indeed, this mental repast is a dainty, of which those who are excluded from polite assemblies must be contented to remain as ignorant as they must of the several dainties of French cookery, which are served only at the tables of the great.
The Farmer felt in his pocket, gave the Lapdog some dainty food, and sat down while he gave his orders to his servants.
Everything about this dainty chevalier bespoke the "ladies' man.
Then they tore of her dainty clothing, laid her on a table, and cut her beautiful body into pieces, and sprinkled salt upon it.
It was, we said, a good world, and I, simpleton,--pretty and dainty as Margaret was,--deemed it would go on forever.
Acting in song, especially in dialogues, hath an extreme good grace; I say acting, not dancing (for that is a mean and vulgar thing); and the voices of the dialogue would be strong and manly (a base and a tenor; no treble); and the ditty high and tragical; not nice or dainty.
Changes had crept in, Marilla conniving at them resignedly, until it was as sweet and dainty a nest as a young girl could desire.
And there is also no lack of roots and fruits, good enough even for the fastidious and dainty,--nor of nuts and other riddles for cracking.
I warrant you the fop can use his dainty sword right well on occasion.