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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
References in classic literature ?
Third: I cannot demonstrate it, but it seems to me, that in the whale the sense of touch is concentrated in the tail; for in this respect there is a delicacy in it only equalled by the daintiness of the elephant's trunk.
And what will all her learning and her daintiness do for her, now?
What especially irritated the captain was the daintiness of some of his cabin passengers.
What made her daintiness join that obviously rough lot I can't imagine.
She had had the idea of giving it a certain daintiness, and she made much use of blue and red inks; she bound the copy in coarse paper, that looked vaguely like watered silk, in various pale colours; and she had acquired a reputation for neatness and accuracy.
However, the people of the quarters which she frequented loved her for her gayety, her daintiness, her lively manners, her dances, and her songs.
The very brightness and brilliancy of their toilettes, the rustling of their dresses, the trim elegance and daintiness which he was able to appreciate without being able to understand, only served to deepen his consciousness of the gulf which lay between him and them.
Our folklore has never advanced beyond daintiness, and the greater melodies about our country-side have all issued through the pipes of Greece.
But it was a robustness in a finer than the wonted sense, a vigorous daintiness, it might be called, which gave an impression of virility with none of the womanly left out.
There was a smallness, a daintiness, a liveliness about Elizabeth that was almost irresistible.
Looking quite fragile, it adds daintiness to the cold 'end of winter garden', which other more positive plants don't.
Reese has a teaching and learning philosophy that tends to bruise the daintiness of current educational practices.