from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Delicately beautiful or charming; exquisite: "No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you, terrible year” ( Walt Whitman).
- adj. Delicious or choice. See Synonyms at delicate.
- adj. Of refined taste; discriminating.
- adj. Overly fastidious; squeamish.
- n. Something delicious; a delicacy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Esteem, honour.
- n. A delicacy.
- n. Fancy cookies, pastries, or squares served at a social event (usually plural).
- adj. Excellent; valuable, fine.
- adj. Delicately small and pretty.
- adj. Fastidious and fussy when eating.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Value; estimation; the gratification or pleasure taken in anything.
- n. That which is delicious or delicate; a delicacy.
- n. A term of fondness.
- adj. Rare; valuable; costly.
- adj. Delicious to the palate; toothsome.
- adj. Nice; delicate; elegant, in form, manner, or breeding; well-formed; neat; tender.
- adj. Requiring dainties. Hence: Overnice; hard to please; fastidious; squeamish; scrupulous; ceremonious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Worth; value; excellence.
- n. A matter of joy or gratification; special regard or pleasure.
- n. Pl. dainties (dān′ tiz). Something delicate to the taste; something delicious; a delicacy.
- n. Darling: a term of fondness.
- n. Synonyms Tidbit, etc. See delicacy.
- Valuable; costly.
- Exhibiting or possessing delicate beauty, or exquisite taste or skill; elegant; beautiful; neat; trim.
- Pleasing to the palate; toothsome; delicious: as, dainty food.
- Of acute sensibility or nice discrimination; sensitive.
- Especially Of nice discrimination as regards taste; nice or over-nice in selecting what is preferred in any class of things, as food, clothing, etc.; hence, squeamish: as, a dainty taste or palate; dainty people.
- Nice as regards behavior, decorum, intercourse, etc.; fastidious; hence, affectedly fine; effeminate; weak.
- = Syn, 2. Pretty. Savory, luscious, toothsome.5 and Nice, Fastidious, etc. See nice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. especially pleasing to the taste
- n. something considered choice to eat
- adj. delicately beautiful
- adj. affectedly dainty or refined
- adj. excessively fastidious and easily disgusted
Middle English deinte, excellent, excellence, from Old French deintie, from Latin dignitās, from dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French deintié, from Latin dignitātem. (Wiktionary)