dainty ADJECTIVE (daintier, daintiest) 1) delicately small and pretty. 2) fastidious and fussy when eating.
NOUN (pl. dainties) a small appetizing item of food.
DERIVATIVES daintily adverb daintiness noun.
ORIGIN from Old French daintie 'choice morsel, pleasure' , from Latin dignitas 'worthiness, beauty' .

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  • Daintily — Dain ti*ly, adv. In a dainty manner; nicely; scrupulously; fastidiously; deliciously; prettily. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • daintily — (adv.) c.1300, sumptuously; late 14c., elegantly, from DAINTY (Cf. dainty) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • daintily — adverb 1. in a refined manner (Freq. 1) she nibbled daintily at her cake • Derived from adjective: ↑dainty 2. in a delicate manner the invitation cards were written up daintily in white and gold • Derived from adjective: ↑daint …   Useful english dictionary

  • daintily — adv. Daintily is used with these verbs: ↑sip …   Collocations dictionary

  • daintily — adverb see dainty II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • daintily — See dainty. * * * …   Universalium

  • daintily — adverb In a dainty manner, delicately …   Wiktionary

  • daintily — adv. delicately; deliciously; fastidiously …   English contemporary dictionary

  • daintily — dain·ti·ly …   English syllables

  • daintily — See: dainty …   English dictionary

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