Definitions

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  • n. The characteristic of being dainty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being dainty; nicety; niceness; elegance; delicacy; deliciousness; fastidiousness; squeamishness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or quality of being dainty.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance

Etymologies

dainty +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Dog days of autumn

  • 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."

    Purple Springs

  • What a difference in "daintiness" a different boot can make eh!

    wench77 Diary Entry

  • 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.

    The New Tenant

  • 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.

    CHAPTER IX

  • 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.

    Amateur Night

  • Vivien Leigh, he wrote, approached the role of Cleopatra "with the daintiness of a debutante called upon to dismember a stag."

    A challenging role for a complex thespian

  • To the eye, it seemed almost that one could see through the pink daintiness of fingers, hand, wrist, and forearm, neck and cheek.

    CHAPTER XIV

  • 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.

    After the Crash, a Crashing Bore

  • 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.

    The Whole Earth

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