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.
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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"
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

daintily

[ˈdeɪntɪli] adv [step, walk, tread] → gracieusement; [nibble] → délicatement
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

daintily

advzierlich; hold, walk, moveanmutig
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

daintily

[ˈdeɪntɪlɪ] adv (eat, hold) → delicatamente; (move, walk) → con grazia
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

dainty

(ˈdeinti) adjective
small or fragile and attractive. a dainty little girl.
ˈdaintily adverb
ˈdaintiness noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in classic literature ?
But I cannot tell; this same truth, is a naked, and open day-light, that doth not show the masks, and mummeries, and triumphs, of the world, half so stately and daintily as candle-lights.
It came to pass that the master one day said to her: 'Gretel, there is a guest coming this evening; prepare me two fowls very daintily.' 'I will see to it, master,' answered Gretel.
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.
But truly, truly, it's not my fault, or only my fault a little bit," she said, daintily drawling the words "a little bit."
The monkey took it very daintily and finally came to the table.
The air was strangely soft and balmy; the daintily shell-gravelled walks through the thickly set avenues yielded luxuriously to the feet.
From the trim little hat, with its white band and jaunty bunch of cornflowers, to the well-shaped patent shoes, she was neatly and daintily dressed.
Its gardens and ample grounds were surrounded by a separate wall, not so high or thick as the wall around the City, but more daintily designed and built all of green marble.
His under apparel was green, and so was his hat, being in the form of a turban, daintily made, and not so huge as the Turkish turbans.
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.
Her white hands were moving daintily among the cups, and her full red lips were smiling at something that Dorian had whispered to her.