Definition of dainty adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdeɪnti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdeɪnti//
    (daintier, daintiest) Attractiveness, Female attractiveness
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  1. 1(of people and things) small and delicate in a way that people find attractive synonym delicate dainty feet a dainty porcelain cup See related entries: Attractiveness, Female attractiveness
  2. 2(of movements) careful, often in a way that suggests good manners synonym delicate She took a dainty little bite of the apple.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (as noun): from Old French daintie, deintie ‘choice morsel, pleasure’, from Latin dignitas ‘worthiness or beauty’, from dignus ‘worthy’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dainty