AskDefine | Define dainty

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dainty adj
1 affectedly dainty or refined [syn: mincing, niminy-piminy, prim, twee]
2 of delicate composition and artistry; "a dainty teacup"; "an exquisite cameo" [syn: exquisite]
3 especially pleasing to the taste; "a dainty dish to set before a kind"; "a tasty morsel" [syn: tasty]
4 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" [syn: nice, overnice, prissy, squeamish] n : something considered choice to eat [syn: delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat] [also: daintiest, daintier]

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  1. Delicately small and pretty.
  2. Fastidious and fussy when eating.



Delicately small and pretty
Fastidious and fussy when eating


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


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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