- The definition of dainty is delicate or small and often pretty.
An example of something dainty is a tiny little teacup with a beautiful design on it.
This tiny tea set is very dainty.
Origin of daintyMiddle English deinte, excellent, fine, origin, originally , feeling of esteem ; from Anglo-French deinté ; from Old French deinté ; from Classical Latin dignitas, worth, dignity
- Delicately beautiful or charming and usually small: dainty slippers.
- Delicious; tasty: a dainty dish.
- Fastidious or finicky: “They chided [them] for being too dainty to eat army rations” (Stephen Berry).
- 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).
Origin of daintyMiddle English deinte, excellent, excellence, from Old French deintie, from Latin dignitās, from dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative daintier, superlative daintiest)