Adjective "dainty" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Delicately small and pretty.
  1. 'the china cup seemed too dainty in his large hands'
  2. 'Florals are just as adaptable, ranging from retro-flavoured patterns - think chintzy 1940s tearooms - to bold blooms and dainty petals.'
  3. 'But the flesh-coloured chiffon was covered in delicate embroidery and the revealing bodice took refuge in an ultra feminine jacket with dainty ruffling on the collar and cuff.'
  4. 'St Mark's Anglican Church resembles a dainty Wendy house with gothic windows while Catholic St Patrick's transepts make it larger, more eager.'
  5. 'Carefully she pulled the dress over her undergarments, and lightly slid her feet into the dainty shoes that her mother had once bought her.'
  6. 'She would pause, attentive, and then her eyes would guiltily travel to the dainty suede moccasins on her feet.'
  7. 'Rather more plush-looking are the women's evening shoes from the turn of the 20th century, fashioned from dainty red satin and black lace.'
  8. 'Poe pauses, then wipes his lips with a rather dainty handkerchief.'
  9. 'In the medieval ages, knights displayed dainty handkerchiefs given to them by their lady-love.'
  10. 'Well, it is a lightweight, intricately entwined, sparkling dainty flat chain in yellow and white gold in combination with coloured silk threads.'
  11. '‘Girlie’ skirts and dresses are back as well, and pairing a very dainty skirt with flip flops and a plain T-shirt is a look you'll be seeing a lot of.'
  12. 'She looks down her dainty nose, her delicate-featured face wrinkling in genteel distaste.'
  13. 'They even brought along with them a dainty woman named Mercedes, who was Charles' wife and Hal's older sister.'
  14. 'She stands just five feet tall, but her dainty exterior belies the inner determination that has erupted through the surface of her ill-health.'
  15. 'Her dainty feet padded across the floor and made no sound.'
  16. 'At first I had named her for the little bird because she was so dainty; then I found out her other virtue and her name applied even better.'
  17. 'Mona always said that she was fat, when in reality, she was dainty with a slight build.'
  18. 'Mother and daughter danced for a few moments, Molly spinning on tiptoes like a dainty ballerina, Christina gracefully moving to the beat.'
  19. 'Alicia was certain that if only she had been born pretty and dainty like her mother, her life would have been much easier.'
  20. 'Keira thought the name ‘Clarissa’ was the kind of thing you'd name a pretty, dainty little ballerina girl.'
  21. 'I slipped my dainty feet into the black pointy shoes, and I stood looking sideways at their reflection in the mirror.'
  22. 'a dainty morsel'
  23. 'Hence men who seek their own welfare should always honour women on holidays and festivals with gifts of ornaments, clothes, and dainty food.'
  24. 'She exhaled lightly before carving away at the dainty steak on her plate before her.'
  25. 'Imagine stodge in the middle of August, when all you want is a dainty cucumber sandwich and a bowl of strawberries before skipping off for a game of tennis.'
  26. 'Sweets come in many shapes, sticky buns with cream and jam, hot rolls with cinnamon and raisins, dainty cakes of assorted varieties, and sweet cream butter.'
  27. 'Ahmed took great delight in fixing an assortment of dainty little sandwiches to serve at this daily ritual.'
  28. 'Again, dainty dumplings swim in soup, but these are packed powerfully with a spicy punch.'
  29. 'My first meal was a dainty foie gras burger, served in all its unctuous richness, without burger meat, on a toasted, tea-sandwich-size bun.'
  30. 'My mother-in-law's sandwiches are the dainty cut-off-crusts variety - so thin and delicate that my family barely recognises them as sandwiches.'
  31. 'My pleasure was always based on greed rather than some Epicurian assessment of dainty morsels.'
  32. 'They consisted of many appetizers, including German salads, rare caviars, mushrooms and other dainty delicacies - all washed down with various kinds of vodkas.'
Fastidious, especially concerning food.
  1. 'The dainty ladies and gentlemen who first began to use soap were the harbingers of the big-scale production of soap for the common man.'
  2. 'I rang up Luke to ask if I was being too dainty in thinking it ghoulish to market a film of somebody contracting a deadly disease.'
  3. 'Also, it's not as if there were a dainty lady around here who would scream and faint dead away at my shocking condition.'


Something good to eat; a delicacy.
  1. 'Together they went into Maude's dining room for tea, cocoa, and the dainties Maude was sure to have prepared.'
  2. 'Tiered trays come to the table loaded with the proverbial cucumber sandwiches, along with scones served with Devonshire clotted cream, dozens of dainties and many other treats.'
  3. 'It was extravagantly decorated and a side table was filled with small treats and dainties.'
  4. 'We had bacon and cabbage most days for dinner, but when our parents went to Limerick we could be assured of getting some dainties that evening.'
  5. 'Still lifes usually show beautiful vessels filled with wine and appetizing fruit or other dainties invitingly arranged on lovely china.'
  6. 'There will be door prizes as well as free coffee and dainties.'
  7. 'I would have liked to have seen the survey happen every five years or so, but there was really too much on my plate to add another little dainty.'


1. of delicate beauty; exquisite: a dainty lace handkerchief.

2. pleasing to the taste and, often, temptingly served or delicate; delicious: dainty pastries.

3. of delicate discrimination or taste; particular; fastidious: a dainty eater.

4. overly particular; finicky. noun, plural dainties.

5. something delicious to the taste; a delicacy.

More examples(as adjective)

"teacupses can be dainty in hands."

"people can be dainty with eatings."

"dishes can be dainty."

"ways can be dainty."

"sandwiches can be dainty."

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Middle English (as noun): from Old French daintie, deintie ‘choice morsel, pleasure’, from Latin dignitas ‘worthiness or beauty’, from dignus ‘worthy’.