adjective (daintier, daintiest)
- 1Delicately small and pretty: a dainty lace handkerchief the china cup seemed too dainty in his large handsMore example sentences
- Carefully she pulled the dress over her undergarments, and lightly slid her feet into the dainty shoes that her mother had once bought her.
- In the medieval ages, knights displayed dainty handkerchiefs given to them by their lady-love.
- Katrina held up a light blue diamond flower, which hung delicately from a dainty chain.
- 1.1(Of a person) delicate and graceful in build or movement: he is one of the daintiest players in the gameMore example sentences
- Mona always said that she was fat, when in reality, she was dainty with a slight build.
- She is dainty and makes people feel protective of her.
- At first I had named her for the little bird because she was so dainty; then I found out her other virtue and her name applied even better.
- 1.2(Of food) particularly good to eat and served in a small portion: a dainty morselMore example sentences
- I sipped pink punch, ate dainty sugar cakes with strawberries on top, and stayed at Tom's side every moment.
- The ability to cut very thin bread was greatly prized and dainty bread and butter was often served for afternoon tea.
- Now is the chance to prove to your acquaintances that the days of small cucumber sandwiches and dainty cakes have not gone for good!
- 2Fastidious, especially concerning food: a dainty appetiteMore example sentences
- I rang up Luke to ask if I was being too dainty in thinking it ghoulish to market a film of somebody contracting a deadly disease.
- Major news outlets are hardly inclined to be up in arms about the government's record of deception when they remain so dainty about critiquing their own.
- Apparently, some dainty fans' feelings were so very hurt.
noun (plural dainties)Back to top
- Something good to eat; a delicacy: home-made breads, jams, and daintiesMore example sentences
- Still lifes usually show beautiful vessels filled with wine and appetizing fruit or other dainties invitingly arranged on lovely china.
- They had not found a real place in a set meal, except among the miscellaneous sweetmeats offered as dainties at the end.
- We feasted on shrimp, crawfish, pralines, and other dainties.
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- This is a place to giggle quietly, nibble daintily and sip tea.
- I find her at a table with her family, daintily slurping up pasta.
- Yellow-dyed sparkling wine was on offer in plastic glasses daintily adorned with coloured ribbon.
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- If the council's paternalistic tradition is one cause of this seemingly excessive moral daintiness, then so too are the city's religious leanings.
- I'm not a big person, mind you, but next to her daintiness I'm a clodhopper with elephantiasis.
- And then he compounded that mistake by eating it with excessive daintiness.
Middle English (as noun): from Old French daintie, deintie 'choice morsel, pleasure', from Latin dignitas 'worthiness or beauty', from dignus 'worthy'.