Dainty definition

dāntē
Delicious and choice.

A dainty morsel.

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Delicately pretty or lovely.
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Delicious; tasty.

A dainty dish.

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Frail in constitution or health.
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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.

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Of or showing delicate and refined taste; fastidious.
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Overly or affectedly fastidious; squeamish.
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(Canada, Prairies and northwestern Ontario) A fancy cookie, pastry, or square served at a social event (usually plural).
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Fastidious and fussy, especially when eating.
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Fastidious or finicky.
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Something delicious; a delicacy.
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A choice food; delicacy.
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Delicately beautiful or charming and usually small.

Dainty slippers.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dainty
Plural:
dainties

Adjective

Base Form:
dainty
Comparative:
daintier
Superlative:
daintiest

Origin of dainty

  • Middle English deinte excellent, excellence from Old French deintie from Latin dignitās from dignus worthy dek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French deintié, from Latin dignitātem.

    From Wiktionary