What does dainty mean?

Definitions for daintyˈdeɪn ti

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dainty.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat(adj)

    something considered choice to eat

  2. dainty, mincing, niminy-piminy, prim, twee(adj)

    affectedly dainty or refined

  3. dainty, exquisite(adj)

    delicately beautiful

    "a dainty teacup"; "an exquisite cameo"

  4. dainty(adj)

    especially pleasing to the taste

    "a dainty dish to set before a kind";

  5. dainty, nice, overnice, prissy, squeamish(adj)

    excessively fastidious and easily disgusted

    "too nice about his food to take to camp cooking"; "so squeamish he would only touch the toilet handle with his elbow"


  1. dainty(Noun)

    Esteem, honour.

  2. dainty(Noun)

    A delicacy.

  3. dainty(Noun)

    Fancy cookies, pastries, or squares served at a social event (usually plural).

  4. dainty(Adjective)

    Excellent; valuable, fine.

  5. dainty(Adjective)

    Delicately small and pretty.

  6. dainty(Adjective)

    Fastidious and fussy when eating.

  7. Origin: From deintié, from dignitatem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dainty(noun)

    value; estimation; the gratification or pleasure taken in anything

  2. Dainty(noun)

    that which is delicious or delicate; a delicacy

  3. Dainty(noun)

    a term of fondness

  4. Dainty

    rare; valuable; costly

  5. Dainty

    delicious to the palate; toothsome

  6. Dainty

    nice; delicate; elegant, in form, manner, or breeding; well-formed; neat; tender

  7. Dainty

    requiring dainties. Hence: Overnice; hard to please; fastidious; squeamish; scrupulous; ceremonious

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dainty

    dān′ti, adj. pleasant to the palate: delicate: fastidious: (Spens.) elegant.—n. that which is dainty, a delicacy.—adj. Daint (Spens.).—adv. Dain′tily.—n. Dain′tiness. [M. E. deintee, anything worthy or costly. O. Fr. daintié, worthiness—L. dignitat-emdignus, worthy.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dainty in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dainty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Luigi Barzini:

    They eat the dainty food of gamous chefs with the same pleasure with which they devour gross peasant dishes, mostly composed of garlic and tomatoes, or fisherman's octopus and shrimps, fried in heavily scented olive oil on a little deserted beach.

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Translations for dainty

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • изи́скан, не́жен, деликатес, лакомство, приди́рчивBulgarian
  • amheuthunWelsh
  • zierlichGerman
  • delicadoSpanish
  • valikoiva, nirso, siroFinnish
  • délicatFrench
  • halusIndonesian
  • delicatoItalian
  • delicaatDutch
  • delicjePolish
  • guloseimaPortuguese
  • изы́сканный, ла́комый, изя́щный, не́жный, ла́комство, элега́нтный, приди́рчивый, утончённый, деликате́с, привере́дливыйRussian
  • izbirljivSerbo-Croatian
  • läckerhet, godbit, läckerbit, delikatessSwedish

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