What does dainty mean?

Definitions for dainty
ˈdeɪn tidain·ty

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treatadjective

    something considered choice to eat

  2. dainty, mincing, niminy-piminy, prim, tweeadjective

    affectedly dainty or refined

  3. dainty, exquisiteadjective

    delicately beautiful

    "a dainty teacup"; "an exquisite cameo"

  4. daintyadjective

    especially pleasing to the taste

    "a dainty dish to set before a kind";

  5. dainty, nice, overnice, prissy, squeamishadjective

    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. daintynoun

    Esteem, honour.

    Etymology: From deintié, from dignitatem.

  2. daintynoun

    A delicacy.

    Etymology: From deintié, from dignitatem.

  3. daintynoun

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

    Etymology: From deintié, from dignitatem.

  4. daintyadjective

    Excellent; valuable, fine.

    Etymology: From deintié, from dignitatem.

  5. daintyadjective

    Delicately small and pretty.

    Etymology: From deintié, from dignitatem.

  6. daintyadjective

    Fastidious and fussy when eating.

    Etymology: From deintié, from dignitatem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Daintynoun

    value; estimation; the gratification or pleasure taken in anything

  2. Daintynoun

    that which is delicious or delicate; a delicacy

  3. Daintynoun

    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.]

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  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

Examples of dainty in a Sentence

  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

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

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