Dainty - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdeɪnti|  American pronunciation of the word dainty
Brit.  |ˈdeɪnti|  British pronunciation of the word dainty


- something considered choice to eat (syn: delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat)


- delicately beautiful(syn: exquisite)
- especially pleasing to the taste
- excessively fastidious and easily disgusted (syn: nice, overnice, prissy, squeamish)


...the widow plied her suitor with dainties and endless glasses of sherry...

Her hair was decorated with dainty pink flowers.

the girl's dainty little hands

The dancers' dainty steps were followed by a series of leaps.

She took a dainty sip of tea from her teacup.

They served dainty sandwiches on silver trays.

The food was served in dainty portions.

She took two dainty bites of the apple.

a dainty dish to set before a kind

Word forms

comparative: daintier
superlative: daintiest
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