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DAINTY (daintier, daintiest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dainty mean? 

DAINTY (noun)
  The noun DAINTY has 1 sense:

1. something considered choice to eat

  Familiarity information: DAINTY used as a noun is very rare.


DAINTY (adjective)
  The adjective DAINTY has 4 senses:

1. affectedly dainty or refined
2. delicately beautiful
3. especially pleasing to the taste
4. excessively fastidious and easily disgusted

  Familiarity information: DAINTY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DAINTY (noun)


Sense 1dainty [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something considered choice to eat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

dainty; goody; kickshaw; treat; delicacy

Hypernyms ("dainty" is a kind of...):

aliment; alimentation; nourishment; nutriment; nutrition; sustenance; victuals (a source of materials to nourish the body)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dainty"):

choice morsel; tidbit; titbit (a small tasty bit of food)

savory; savoury (an aromatic or spicy dish served at the end of dinner or as an hors d'oeuvre)

confection; sweet (a food rich in sugar)

ambrosia; nectar ((classical mythology) the food and drink of the gods; mortals who ate it became immortal)

gelatin; jelly (an edible jelly (sweet or pungent) made with gelatin and used as a dessert or salad base or a coating for foods)

bone marrow; marrow (very tender and very nutritious tissue from marrowbones)


DAINTY (adjective)


Sense 1dainty [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Affectedly dainty or refined

Synonyms:

dainty; mincing; niminy-piminy; prim; twee

Similar:

refined ((used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel)


Sense 2dainty [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Delicately beautiful

Synonyms:

dainty; exquisite

Context examples:

a dainty teacup / an exquisite cameo

Similar:

delicate (exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury)


Sense 3dainty [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Especially pleasing to the taste

Context examples:

a dainty dish to set before a kind / a tasty morsel

Similar:

tasty (pleasing to the sense of taste)


Sense 4dainty [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Excessively fastidious and easily disgusted

Synonyms:

squeamish; overnice; prissy; nice; dainty

Context examples:

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

Similar:

fastidious (giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness)


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