dainty

[deyn-tee]
adjective, daintier, daintiest.
1.
of delicate beauty; exquisite: a dainty lace handkerchief.
2.
pleasing to the taste and, often, temptingly served or delicate; delicious: dainty pastries.
3.
of delicate discrimination or taste; particular; fastidious: a dainty eater.
4.
overly particular; finicky.
noun, plural dainties.
5.
something delicious to the taste; a delicacy.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English deinte worthiness, happiness, delicacy < Anglo-French (Old French deint(i)e) < Latin dignitāt- (stem of dignitās); see dignity

daintily, adverb
daintiness, noun
overdaintily, adverb
overdaintiness, noun
overdainty, adjective
superdainty, adjective
undaintily, adverb
undaintiness, noun
undainty, adjective


1. fine. See delicate. 2. tender, delectable. 3. See particular. 4. overnice. 5. tidbit, sweetmeat.
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dainty (ˈdeɪntɪ)
 
adj , -tier, -tiest
1.  delicate or elegant: a dainty teacup
2.  pleasing to the taste; choice; delicious: a dainty morsel
3.  refined, esp excessively genteel; fastidious
 
n , -tier, -tiest, -ties
4.  a choice piece of food, esp a small cake or sweet; delicacy
 
[C13: from Old French deintié, from Latin dignitāsdignity]
 
'daintily
 
adv
 
'daintiness
 
n

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dainty
early 13c., from O.Fr. daintie (n.) "price, value," also "delicacy, pleasure," from L. dignitatem (nom. dignitas) "worthiness, worth, beauty," from dignus "worthy" (see dignity). Adj. use first recorded c.1300. Meaning evolved from "choice, excellent," to "delicately pretty."
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Example sentences
Daintily, casually, she had lifted her habit and kicked the toy dinosaur into
  the air.
He watched his friend daintily grab a dumpling with her chopsticks and put it
  in her mouth.
She tugged at her skirt and began climbing down, almost daintily now.
The electronic robot daintily picked up the targets, and then placed them in
  boxes which could be moved to the detector equipment.
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