Un dainty


adjective, daintier, daintiest.
of delicate beauty; exquisite: a dainty lace handkerchief.
pleasing to the taste and, often, temptingly served or delicate; delicious: dainty pastries.
of delicate discrimination or taste; particular; fastidious: a dainty eater.
overly particular; finicky.
noun, plural dainties.
something delicious to the taste; a delicacy.

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]

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Word Origin & History

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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