Definition of dainty
- a London dainty—a pyramid of jelly
- —Virginia Woolf
the widow plied her suitor with dainties and endless glasses of sherry
Her hair was decorated with dainty pink flowers.
the girl's dainty little hands
The dancers' dainty steps were followed by a series of leaps.
She took a dainty sip of tea from her teacup.
They served dainty sandwiches on silver trays.
The food was served in dainty portions.
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: small and pretty
: done with small and careful movements
of food : attractive and served in small amounts
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