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Meaning of DAINTY

Pronunciation:  'deyntee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something considered choice to eat
  2. [adj]  of delicate composition and artistry; "a dainty teacup"; "an exquisite cameo"
  3. [adj]  excessively fastidious and easily disgusted; "too nice about his food to take to camp cooking"; "so squeamish he would only touch the toilet handle with his elbow"
  4. [adj]  affectedly dainty or refined
  5. [adj]  especially pleasing to the taste; "a dainty dish to set before a kind"; "a tasty morsel"

DAINTY is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: delicacy, delicate, exquisite, fastidious, goody, kickshaw, mincing, nice, niminy-piminy, overnice, prim, prissy, refined, squeamish, tasteful, tasty, treat, twee
 See Also: aliment, alimentation, ambrosia, bone marrow, choice morsel, confection, confectionery, gelatin, jelly, marrow, nectar, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, savory, savoury, sustenance, sweet, tidbit, titbit, victuals



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dain"ty\, n.; pl. {Dainties}. [OE. deinie, dainte,
    deintie, deyntee, OF. deinti['e] delicacy, orig., dignity,
    honor, fr. L. dignitas, fr. dignus worthy. See {Deign}, and
    cf. {Dignity}.]
    1. Value; estimation; the gratification or pleasure taken in
       anything. [Obs.]
             I ne told no deyntee of her love.     --Chaucer.
    2. That which is delicious or delicate; a delicacy.
             That precious nectar may the taste renew Of Eden's
             dainties, by our parents lost.        --Beau. & Fl.
    3. A term of fondness. [Poetic] --B. Jonson.
    Syn: {Dainty}, {Delicacy}.
    Usage: These words are here compared as denoting articles of
           food. The term delicacy as applied to a nice article
           of any kind, and hence to articles of food which are
           particularly attractive. Dainty is stronger, and
           denotes some exquisite article of cookery. A hotel may
           be provided with all the delicacies of the season, and
           its table richly covered with dainties.
                 These delicacies I mean of taste, sight, smell,
                 herbs, fruits, and flowers, Walks and the melody
                 of birds.                         --Milton.
                 [A table] furnished plenteously with bread, And
                 dainties, remnants of the last regale. --Cowper.
  2. \Dain"ty\, a. [Compar. {Daintier}; superl. {Daintiest}.]
    1. Rare; valuable; costly. [Obs.]
             Full many a deynt['e] horse had he in stable.
    Note: Hence the proverb ``dainty maketh dearth,'' i. e.,
          rarity makes a thing dear or precious.
    2. Delicious to the palate; toothsome.
             Dainty bits Make rich the ribs.       --Shak.
    3. Nice; delicate; elegant, in form, manner, or breeding;
       well-formed; neat; tender.
             Those dainty limbs which nature lent For gentle
             usage and soft delicacy.              --Milton.
             I would be the girdle. About her dainty, dainty
             waist.                                --Tennyson.
    4. Requiring dainties. Hence: Overnice; hard to please;
       fastidious; squeamish; scrupulous; ceremonious.
             Thew were a fine and dainty people.   --Bacon.
             And let us not be dainty of leave-taking, But shift
             away.                                 --Shak.
    {To make dainty}, to assume or affect delicacy or
       fastidiousness. [Obs.]
             Ah ha, my mistresses! which of you all Will now deny
             to dance? She that makes dainty, She, I'll swear,
             hath corns.                           --Shak.
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