Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or quality of being dainty. Elegance; neatness; the exhibition or possession of delicate beauty or of exquisite taste or skill.
- n. Deliciousness; delicacy as regards taste: applied to food.
- n. Nicety as regards matters of behavior and decorum; ceremoniousness; fastidiousness in conduct; hence, sensitiveness; softness; effeminacy; weakness of character.
- n. The characteristic of being dainty.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality of being dainty; nicety; niceness; elegance; delicacy; deliciousness; fastidiousness; squeamishness.
- n. the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance
- dainty + -ness (Wiktionary)
“Yes, he weighs 75 pounds, but he flicks his forefeet with a certain daintiness, bends what I guess are his wrists with a certain elegance.”
“She had a certain daintiness about her, too, in her way of dressing – even in the way she did her hair – and in her walk, which made the women say with certain resentment, that Mrs. Paine would like to be "dressy.”
“What a difference in "daintiness" a different boot can make eh!”
“In her thin supple figure there was still just the suspicion of incomplete development, which is in itself a fascination; and her country attire, the well-cut brown tweed ulster, the cloth cap from beneath which many little waves of fair silky hair had escaped, the trim gloves and short skirts -- the most insignificant article of her attire -- all seemed to bespeak that peculiar and subtle daintiness which is at the same time the sweetest and the hardest to define of nature's gifts to women.”
“In a breath, or the half of a breath, Graham saw the whole breathless situation, realized that the white wonderful creature was a woman, and sensed the smallness and daintiness of her despite her gladiatorial struggles.”
“But it was a robustness in a finer than the wonted sense, a vigorous daintiness, it might be called, which gave an impression of virility with none of the womanly left out.”
“Vivien Leigh, he wrote, approached the role of Cleopatra "with the daintiness of a debutante called upon to dismember a stag.”
“To the eye, it seemed almost that one could see through the pink daintiness of fingers, hand, wrist, and forearm, neck and cheek.”
“Even the tone was strange, marked by a kind of weird delicacy, a daintiness of approach, a courtesy so elaborate I thought at some points commission members were spoofing each other.”
“Two families of artists lived in these buildings, which were too small for their perennially expanding minds, but were loved for their almost human daintiness.”
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