dainty


1dain·ty

noun \ˈdān-tē\
plural dain·ties

Definition of DAINTY

1
a :  something delicious to the taste
b :  something choice or pleasing
2
obsolete :  fastidiousness

Origin of DAINTY

Middle English deinte high esteem, delight, from Anglo-French deinté, from Latin dignitat-, dignitas dignity, worth
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to DAINTY

2dainty

adjective

: small and pretty

: done with small and careful movements

of food : attractive and served in small amounts

dain·ti·erdain·ti·est

Full Definition of DAINTY

1
a :  tasting good :  tasty
b :  attractively prepared and served
2
:  marked by delicate or diminutive beauty, form, or grace <dainty teacups>
3
obsolete :  chary, reluctant
4
a :  marked by fastidious discrimination or finicky taste
b :  showing avoidance of anything rough
dain·ti·ly \ˈdān-tə-lē\ adverb
dain·ti·ness \ˈdān-tē-nəs\ noun

First Known Use of DAINTY

14th century

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