Dainty is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of dainty, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - especially pleasing to the taste
EXAMPLES - Dainty in a Sentence
- EVO 4G isn't "what you'd call a dainty phone," says CNET's Cha. (source)
- Are we to be called dainty eaters because we like our bread buttered? " (source)
- "dainty" males who, frankly, I am a bit nervous about being with at night. (source)
- The tea was excellent; the toast was in dainty, delicate, thin brown strips. (source)
- They were clothed in dainty muslin, three as sweet young girls as one would ever meet. (source)
- Canadians must be more "dainty" than Americans; in the States they call it the freshman fifteen! (source)
- She may have been trying to bring order from chaos, but to other children she could be "dainty," even "prissy." (source)
- To direct such accusations at her - and other committee members I have come to know - is like using "dainty" and (source)
- She will serve light refreshments, such as dainty sandwiches, salads, muffins, bouillon and perhaps ices or coffee. (source)
- And after they were washed and noynted with oyle, they sate downe at the table garnished with all kind of dainty meats. (source)
- = -- To call this homely Yankee dish a "dainty" may surprise many; but, when properly prepared, it may well be called so. (source)
- At stately Augusta, where change forever has been taken in dainty sips, this is like the frat boys just showed up with a keg. (source)
- Private G. Ryder vouches for this: "We were having what you might call a dainty afternoon tea in the trenches under shell fire. (source)
- The opposite hills, on the east, were in dainty sunshine and shadow, every undulation, every ridge and hollow, softly marked out. (source)
- The new and young TSA inspector was embarrassed by some of the "dainty" items contained in her carry-on and started blushing bright red. (source)
- Not so tall as his son, he was more firmly knit, and with a kind of dainty neatness in his appearance which suggested the beau in earlier days. (source)
- I did her hair, soft-like, round her forehead, all in dainty curls, and just to one side of her neck I put a bunch of most beautiful purple pansies. (source)
- They had plain cake and fancy cake, and a new kind of dainty crisp crackers; candies, nuts, raisins, and mottoes, which were the greatest fun of all. (source)
- In Roman times, "dainty" penises were preferred, and a large pecker was considered a mark of the lower and working classes, and thus evidence of inferior breeding. (source)
- From Japanese origami to even the cute little Japanese fan or traditional Japanese clothing such as dainty kimonos, everything about Japan has been quite fascinating. (source)
- There were musicians in her ladyship's household -- youths who played lute and viol, and sang the dainty, meaningless songs of the latest ballad-mongers very prettily. (source)
- "Not at teas and on shopping expeditions!" laughed Miss Phillips; and the girls smiled at the idea of dainty Doris Sands decorated with such a deadly weapon on her person. (source)
- The best compromise is in an alarm which can fit easily into the palm of your hand but is still very loud (even if perhaps it isn't as small and 'dainty' as you would like). (source)
- They swallow it hot as it comes from the fire and they drink it in long draughts, not at dinner time, but as a kind of dainty and sipped slowly while talking with one's friends. (source)
- In these days of jaded appetites, condiments and canned goods, how fondly we turn from the dreary monotony of the "dainty" menu to the memory of the satisfying dishes of our mothers! (source)
- Although it would come as a hell of a surprise to Napoleon, Voltaire and Balzac, the french language is now synonymous with "dainty" and to be "French" now means coward in Republican circles. (source)
- Those whose citizenship and commitments have been in Babylon have been seduced into a comfortable "dainty" lifestyle of consumerism and now are having to face the reality that this lifestyle has come to an end. (source)
- _The Chorus in Green_ was got up in what reviewers call a dainty manner: a bronze-green cloth, well-cut gold lettering, wide margins and black "old-face" type, all witnessed to the good taste of Messrs Beit & Co. (source)
- She could recall the dainty, white egg-shell china, the squat silver service bearing the Carnavon arms, and the film of lace which she used to throw around her ladyship's shoulders, lifting her hair to give it room. (source)
- The twice or thrice that I went to inspect his progress: language I could understand, for that's 'abitual to him, but reel distaste for what I should call a dainty enough thing, I did not, nor am I now able to fathom. (source)
- At her funeral, her daughters recalled Cora's eye for loveliness and noted that when she sewed - even something as simple and utilitarian as a baby's smock - she always added details such as dainty touches of embroidery. (source)
- If the turkey grew "dainty," as Tibbetts expressed it, Halstead was to make the dough into rolls about the size of his thumb, then open the bird's beak, shove the rolls in, and make him swallow them -- three or four of them, three times a day. (source)
- Your work (in this life) is celebrated by all as comparable to that food, savoury and dainty, which is proper to be offered with reverence to the Brahmanas -- the food which is offered in religious ceremonies with large donations (to the officiating priests). (source)
- The banquet began early in the day, and was not at all in accordance with Carthaginian customs or military discipline, but as was natural in a city, still more in a house full of wealth and luxury, the table was furnished with every kind of dainty and delicacy. (source)
- In one corner the waitresses, in dainty caps and aprons, had put their heads together, and were eagerly whispering to one another whilst casting furtive looks at the small group assembled in front of one of those pretty alcoves, which, as you know, line the walls all round the big tea-room at Mathis '. (source)
- She rose from her berth, trailing exquisite silk and lace (for the woman must always frame her beauty worthily, even for her own eyes alone), poured out half a glass of absinthe, dropped in her allowance of the drug, added water, till the mixture looked like liquid opal, and sipped the beverage with a kind of dainty greed. (source)
- Samantha Sin for The Wall Street Journal Food historian Michael Symons deftly avoids too much exploration of any theories on the origin of the lamington, preferring to note in his encyclopedic "One Continuous Picnic: A Gastronomic History of Australia" that recipes for lamingtons became hugely popular around the time of World War I, as part of an Australia-wide fashion for "dainty" afternoon teas. (source)
- Though he does not succeed in the delineation of the great and grand passions of our nature, he is very successful in the sphere of its humane and tender sentiments; and though open to criticism for the jaunty audacity with which he coins dainty sweetnesses of expression rejected by all dictionaries, and for an occasional pertness in asserting opinions of doubtful truth, he is so lovable a creature that we pardon his literary foibles as we would pardon the personal foibles of a charming companion and friend. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 56.0, which suggests that "dainty" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 45 synonyms for dainty.
airy, attractive, beautiful, bonny, charming, choice, comely, cute, darling, delectable, delicious, delightful, diaphanous, elegant, ethereal, exquisite, fair, feeble, frail, graceful, lacy, light, lovely, neat, nice, palatable, petite, pleasing, precious, pretty, rare, refined, savory, select, soft, subtle, superior, sweet, tasteful, tasty, tender, thin, toothsome, trim, well-made
We have 21 antonyms for dainty.
accepting, bad, clumsy, coarse, crude, dark, disagreeable, distasteful, easy, harsh, heavy, horrible, inferior, poor, repulsive, rough, tasteless, ugly, unpleasant, unrefined, unsophisticated
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of dainty from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Delicately beautiful or charming; exquisite: "No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you, terrible year” ( Walt Whitman).
- (adjective) Delicious or choice. See Synonyms at delicate.
- (adjective) Of refined taste; discriminating.
- (adjective) Overly fastidious; squeamish.
- (noun) Something delicious; a delicacy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) Esteem, honour.
- (noun) A delicacy.
- (noun) Fancy cookies, pastries, or squares served at a social event (usually plural).
- (adjective) Excellent; valuable, fine.
- (adjective) Delicately small and pretty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) Value; estimation; the gratification or pleasure taken in anything.
- (noun) That which is delicious or delicate; a delicacy.
- (noun) A term of fondness.
- (adjective) Rare; valuable; costly.
- (adjective) Delicious to the palate; toothsome.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) Worth; value; excellence.
- (noun) A matter of joy or gratification; special regard or pleasure.
- (noun) Pl. dainties (dān′ tiz). Something delicate to the taste; something delicious; a delicacy.
- (noun) Darling: a term of fondness.
- (noun) Synonyms Tidbit, etc. See delicacy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) especially pleasing to the taste
- (noun) something considered choice to eat
- (adjective) delicately beautiful
- (adjective) affectedly dainty or refined
- (adjective) excessively fastidious and easily disgusted