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- Dainty as a Noun
- Definitions of "Dainty" as a noun
- Synonyms of "Dainty" as a noun (12 Words)
- Usage Examples of "Dainty" as a noun
- Dainty as an Adjective
- Definitions of "Dainty" as an adjective
- Synonyms of "Dainty" as an adjective (27 Words)
- Usage Examples of "Dainty" as an adjective
- Associations of "Dainty" (30 Words)
The synonyms of “Dainty” are: exquisite, nice, overnice, prissy, squeamish, delicate, neat, refined, tasteful, fine, elegant, tasty, delicious, choice, palatable, luscious, mouth-watering, delectable, toothsome, succulent, juicy, fastidious, fussy, hard to please, finicky, finical, faddish, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat, titbit, fancy, luxury, nibble, savoury, appetizer, confection, bonbon
Dainty as a Noun
Definitions of "Dainty" as a noun
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “dainty” as a noun can have the following definitions:
- Something good to eat; a delicacy.
- Something considered choice to eat.
Synonyms of "Dainty" as a noun (12 Words)
|appetizer||Something that arouses or increases anticipation for what is to follow.|
The meal started off with an assortment of appetizers including mini egg rolls and fried mozzarella.
|bonbon||A piece of confectionery; a sweet.|
|confection||An elaborate article of women’s dress.|
The confection of a syllabub.
|delicacy||Lightness in movement or manner.|
The delicacy of the situation.
|fancy||(in 16th and 17th century music) a composition for keyboard or strings in free or variation form.|
I ve a fancy they want to be alone.
|goody||A good or favoured person, especially a hero in a book, film, etc.|
|kickshaw||Something considered choice to eat.|
|luxury||The quality possessed by something that is excessively expensive.|
They actually had the luxury of a whole day together.
|nibble||Small savoury snacks, typically eaten before a meal or with drinks.|
I took a nibble from one of the sandwiches.
|savoury||A savoury dish especially a snack or appetizer.|
Refreshments include cakes and savouries.
|titbit||A small piece of tasty food.|
They were hoping for titbits about the family.
|treat||An act of treating someone to something.|
He wanted to take her to the pictures as a treat.
Usage Examples of "Dainty" as a noun
- Home-made breads, jams, and dainties.
Dainty as an Adjective
Definitions of "Dainty" as an adjective
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “dainty” as an adjective can have the following definitions:
- Delicately small and pretty.
- (of food) particularly good to eat and served in a small portion.
- (of a person) delicate and graceful in build or movement.
- Especially pleasing to the taste.
- Affectedly dainty or refined.
- Delicately beautiful.
- Especially pleasing to the taste.
- Excessively fastidious and easily disgusted.
- Fastidious, especially concerning food.
Synonyms of "Dainty" as an adjective (27 Words)
|choice||Of superior grade.|
He picked some choice early plums.
|delectable||Extremely pleasing to the sense of taste.|
The delectable Miss Haynes.
A delicate approach is needed.
|delicious||Greatly pleasing or entertaining.|
A delicious joke.
|elegant||Suggesting taste, ease, and wealth.|
She was elegant to her fingertips.
|exquisite||Lavishly elegant and refined.|
Suffered exquisite pain.
|faddish||Intensely fashionable or popular for a short period of time.|
Tastes in flavoured coffee are so faddish.
|fastidious||Very concerned about matters of cleanliness.|
The child seemed fastidious about getting her fingers dirty.
|fine||Characterized by elegance or refinement or accomplishment.|
A fine gentleman.
|finical||Exacting especially about details.|
|finicky||Exacting especially about details.|
His finicky copperplate hand.
|fussy||Fastidious about one’s needs or requirements; hard to please.|
Eleanor patted her hair with quick fussy movements.
|hard to please||Given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors.|
|juicy||Having strong sexual appeal.|
A juicy contract.
|luscious||Appealing strongly to the senses; pleasingly rich.|
The luscious brush strokes and warm colours of these late masterpieces.
|mouth-watering||Pleasing to the sense of taste.|
|neat||Having a pleasing appearance; well formed.|
The books had been stacked up in neat piles.
|nice||Excessively fastidious and easily disgusted.|
A nice face.
|overnice||Excessively fussy or fastidious.|
Mildred was overnice in regard to their father.
|palatable||Acceptable to the taste or mind.|
|prissy||Fussily and excessively respectable.|
A middle class family with two prissy children.
|refined||Freed from impurities by processing- Shakespeare.|
She was delicate and refined and unused to hardship.
|squeamish||Having fastidious moral views; scrupulous.|
So squeamish he would only touch the toilet handle with his elbow.
|succulent||Full of juice.|
A low plant with slightly succulent leaves.
|tasteful||Showing good aesthetic judgement or appropriate behaviour.|
A tasteful lounge bar.
|tasty||(of food) having a pleasant, distinct flavour.|
A tasty young lady.
|toothsome||Having strong sexual appeal.|
I thought he was toothsome.
Usage Examples of "Dainty" as an adjective
- A dainty teacup.
- The china cup seemed too dainty in his large hands.
- He is one of the daintiest players in the game.
- A dainty dish to set before a kind.
- A dainty lace handkerchief.
- A dainty appetite.
- A dainty morsel.
Associations of "Dainty" (30 Words)
|breakable||Capable of being broken or damaged.|
Breakable articles should be packed carefully.
|brittle||A brittle sweet made from nuts and set melted sugar.|
Her manner was artificially bright and brittle.
|cultivated||Marked by refinement in taste and manners.|
|cultured||(of a pearl) formed round a foreign body inserted into an oyster.|
|dandy||Relating to or characteristic of a dandy.|
The Winchester Model 37 shotgun is a dandy at a low price.
|debonair||Confident, stylish, and charming (typically used of a man.|
Life that is gay brisk and debonair.
|delicacy||The quality of requiring discretion or sensitivity.|
Miniature pearls of exquisite delicacy.
|delicate||A delicate fabric or garment.|
|effeminacy||The trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man.|
The students associated science with masculinity and arts with effeminacy.
|elegance||The quality of being graceful and stylish in appearance or manner.|
The simplicity and elegance of his invention.
|elegant||Displaying effortless beauty and simplicity in movement or execution.|
An elegant dark suit.
|enchantingly||In a bewitching manner.|
|feeble||(of a sound) faint.|
|femininity||Qualities or attributes regarded as characteristic of women.|
She alternated between embracing her femininity and concealing it.
|foppish||Affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner.|
A foppish dandy.
|fragile||Easily destroyed or threatened.|
Fragile porcelain plates.
|graceful||Characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution.|
She was a tall girl slender and graceful.
|mincing||Affectedly dainty or refined.|
I don t have to go through the rest of my life with that mincing voice of yours.
|neat||(of an alcoholic drink) without water.|
Her neat dress.
|refined||(used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel.|
|resemble||Appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to.|
Some people resemble their dogs.
|sensitiveness||Responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation.|
The sensitiveness of Mimosa leaves does not depend on a change of growth.
|sensitivity||Sensitivity to emotional feelings of self and others.|
A total lack of common decency and sensitivity.
|sensitize||Make (an organism) abnormally sensitive to a foreign substance.|
The introductory section aims to sensitize students to the methodology of the course.
|svelte||Moving and bending with ease.|
She was svelte and sophisticated.
|tasteful||Having or showing or conforming to good taste.|
A tasteful lounge bar.
|ticklish||(of a person) easily upset.|
I m ticklish on the feet.
|touchy||(of an issue or situation) requiring careful handling; delicate.|
The monarchy has become a touchy topic.
|urbane||Showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience.|
The supposedly urbane restrained English gentleman.
|weakness||A disadvantage or fault.|
His weakness increased as he became older.