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1. dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat

something considered choice to eat


2. dainty, mincing, niminy-piminy, prim, twee

affectedly dainty or refined

3. dainty, exquisite

delicately beautiful

Example Sentences:
'a dainty teacup'
'an exquisite cameo'

4. dainty

especially pleasing to the taste

Example Sentences:
'a dainty dish to set before a kind'

5. dainty, nice, overnice, prissy, squeamish

excessively fastidious and easily disgusted

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

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of dainty
adjective -tier or -tiest
delicate or elegant
a dainty teacup
pleasing to the taste; choice; delicious
a dainty morsel
refined, esp excessively genteel; fastidious
noun plural -ties
a choice piece of food, esp a small cake or sweet; delicacy

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see synonyms of dainty
nounWord forms: plural ˈdainties
a choice food; delicacy
adjectiveWord forms: ˈdaintier or ˈdaintiest
delicious and choice
a dainty morsel
delicately pretty or lovely
of or showing delicate and refined taste; fastidious
overly or affectedly fastidious; squeamish

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of dainty
adj. dain·ti·er, dain·ti·est
1. Delicately beautiful or charming and usually small: dainty slippers.
2. Delicious; tasty: a dainty dish.
3. Fastidious or finicky: "They chided [them] for being too dainty to eat army rations" (Stephen Berry).
4. Frail in constitution or health: "Such heroines have [been]replaced by the dainty young thing who faints away at the sight of a six-shooter" (Molly Gloss).
n. pl. dain·ties
Something delicious; a delicacy.

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