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DA'INTY, a.

1. Nice; pleasing to the palate; of exquisite taste; delicious; as dainty food.

2. Delicate; of acute sensibility; nice in selecting what is tender and good; squeamish; soft; luxurious; as a dainty taste or palate; a dainty people.

3. Scrupulous in manners; ceremonious.

4. Elegant; tender; soft; pure; neat; effeminately beautiful; as dainty hands or limbs.

5. Nice; affectedly fine; as a dainty speaker.

DA'INTY, n.

1. Something nice and delicate to the taste; that which is exquisitely delicious; a delicacy.

Be not desirous of dainties, for they are
deceitful meat. Prov. xxiii

2. A term of fondness.

Why, that's my dainty. Shak.



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DA'INTY, a.

1. Nice; pleasing to the palate; of exquisite taste; delicious; as dainty food.

2. Delicate; of acute sensibility; nice in selecting what is tender and good; squeamish; soft; luxurious; as a dainty taste or palate; a dainty people.

3. Scrupulous in manners; ceremonious.

4. Elegant; tender; soft; pure; neat; effeminately beautiful; as dainty hands or limbs.

5. Nice; affectedly fine; as a dainty speaker.

DA'INTY, n.

1. Something nice and delicate to the taste; that which is exquisitely delicious; a delicacy.

Be not desirous of dainties, for they are
deceitful meat. Prov. xxiii

2. A term of fondness.

Why, that's my dainty. Shak.

DAIN'TY, a. [W. deintiaiz; Scot. dainty; from dant, daint, the teeth, L. dens, Gr. οδους, Sans. danta.]

  1. Nice; pleasing to the palate; of exquisite taste; delicious; as, dainty food. His soul abhorreth dainty meat. Job xxxiii.
  2. Delicate; of acute sensibility; nice in selecting what is tender and good; squeamish; soft; luxurious; as, a dainty taste or palate; a dainty people.
  3. Scrupulous in manners; ceremonious. Shak.
  4. Elegant; tender; soft; pure; neat; effeminately beautiful; as, dainty hands or limbs. Milton. Shak.
  5. Nice; affectedly fine; as, a dainty speaker. Prior.

DAIN'TY, n.

  1. Something nice and delicate to the taste; that which is exquisitely delicious; a delicacy. Be not desirous of dainties, for they are deceitful meat. Prov. xxiii.
  2. A term of fondness. [Not much used.] Why, that's my dainty. Shak.

Dain"ty
  1. Value; estimation; the gratification or pleasure taken in anything.

    [Obs.]

    I ne told no deyntee of her love. Chaucer.

  2. Rare; valuable; costly.

    [Obs.]

    Full many a deynté horse had he in stable. Chaucer.

    * Hence the proverb "dainty maketh dearth," i. e., rarity makes a thing dear or precious.

  3. That which is delicious or delicate; a delicacy.

    That precious nectar may the taste renew
    Of Eden's dainties, by our parents lost.
    Beau. *** Fl.

  4. Delicious to the palate; toothsome.

    Dainty bits
    Make rich the ribs.
    Shak.

  5. A term of fondness.

    [Poetic] B. Jonson.

    Syn. -- Dainty, Delicacy. These words are here compared as denoting articles of food. The term delicacy as applied to a nice article of any kind, and hence to articles of food which are particularly attractive. Dainty is stronger, and denotes some exquisite article of cookery. A hotel may be provided with all the delicacies of the season, and its table richly covered with dainties.

    These delicacies
    I mean of taste, sight, smell, herbs, fruits, and flowers,
    Walks and the melody of birds.
    Milton.

    [A table] furnished plenteously with bread,
    And dainties, remnants of the last regale.
    Cowper.

  6. Nice; delicate; elegant, in form, manner, or breeding; well-formed; neat; tender.

    Those dainty limbs which nature lent
    For gentle usage and soft delicacy.
    Milton.

    I would be the girdle.
    About her dainty, dainty waist.
    Tennyson.

  7. Requiring dainties. Hence: Overnice; hard to please; fastidious; squeamish; scrupulous; ceremonious.

    Thew were a fine and dainty people. Bacon.

    And let us not be dainty of leave-taking,
    But shift away.
    Shak.

    To make dainty, to assume or affect delicacy or fastidiousness. [Obs.]

    Ah ha, my mistresses! which of you all
    Will now deny to dance? She that makes dainty,
    She, I'll swear, hath corns.
    Shak.

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Dainty

DA'INTY, adjective

1. Nice; pleasing to the palate; of exquisite taste; delicious; as dainty food.

2. Delicate; of acute sensibility; nice in selecting what is tender and good; squeamish; soft; luxurious; as a dainty taste or palate; a dainty people.

3. Scrupulous in manners; ceremonious.

4. Elegant; tender; soft; pure; neat; effeminately beautiful; as dainty hands or limbs.

5. Nice; affectedly fine; as a dainty speaker.

DA'INTY, noun

1. Something nice and delicate to the taste; that which is exquisitely delicious; a delicacy.

Be not desirous of dainties, for they are deceitful meat. Proverbs 23:3

2. A term of fondness.

Why, that's my dainty Shak.

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