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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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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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.
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dainty

adjective
1. Appealing to refined taste:
noun
Something fine and delicious, especially a food:
Informal: goody.
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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
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dainty

[ˈdeɪnti] adj [hand, foot, face] → délicat(e), mignon(ne); [flower] → délicat(e), joli(e); [handkerchief, socks, apron] → adorable
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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
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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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

dainty

(ˈdeinti) adjective
small or fragile and attractive. a dainty little girl.
ˈdaintily adverb
ˈdaintiness noun
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References in classic literature ?
They are so perfect in their way that they seem to epitomize the very scent and charm of the forest, as if the old wood's daintiest thoughts had materialized in blossom; and not all the roses by Bendameer's stream are as fragrant as a shallow sheet of Junebells under the boughs of fir.
Now, had Tashtego perished in that head, it had been a very precious perishing; smothered in the very whitest and daintiest of fragrant spermaceti; coffined, hearsed, and tombed in the secret inner chamber and sanctum sanctorum of the whale.
At the same moment he noticed a pair of stockings, round the tops of which one of the daintiest artists in the land had wrought an exquisite little frieze.
Saxon's amazement increased, as, article by article, the old woman displayed the airiest, the daintiest, the most delicious and most complete of bridal outfits.
It's the daintiest outfit that ever was - you will say so, when you see it.
The steamboats skimming along under the stupendous precipices were diminished by distance to the daintiest little toys, the sailboats and rowboats to shallops proper for fairies that keep house in the cups of lilies and ride to court on the backs of bumblebees.
First a card with "For the Anne-girl and Merry Christmas," written on it; and then, a pair of the daintiest little kid slippers, with beaded toes and satin bows and glistening buckles.
'Well said, Grip!' cried his master, as he fed him with the daintiest bits.
'Out with you,' he will say, 'you have no father here,' and the child will go crying back to his widowed mother--he, Astyanax, who erewhile would sit upon his father's knees, and have none but the daintiest and choicest morsels set before him.
When you want the daintiest, most delicious sardines, go to your grocer and say, 'Langley and Fielding's, please!' You will then be sure of having the finest Norwegian smoked sardines, packed in the purest olive oil."'
As he kissed his hand, with his best manner and his daintiest smile, the young lady drew a little nearer to her father, and passed him with a dread of touching him.
"That is a matter of taste," said King Ulysses, "and, for my own part, neither the most careful fattening nor the daintiest of cookery would reconcile me to being dished at last.