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Definition 1: something considered choice to eat - [noun denoting food]

Synonyms for dainty in the sense of this definition

(dainty is a kind of ...) a source of materials to nourish the body

(... is a kind of dainty ) a small tasty bit of food

(... is a kind of dainty ) an aromatic or spicy dish served at the end of dinner or as an hors d'oeuvre

(... is a kind of dainty ) a food rich in sugar

(... is a kind of dainty ) (classical mythology) the food and drink of the gods; mortals who ate it became immortal

(... is a kind of dainty ) an edible jelly (sweet or pungent) made with gelatin and used as a dessert or salad base or a coating for foods

(... is a kind of dainty ) very tender and very nutritious tissue from marrowbones

Definition 2: delicately beautiful - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dainty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dainty teacup
  • an exquisite cameo

Synonyms for dainty in the sense of this definition

(dainty is similar to ...) exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury

"a delicate violin passage" "delicate china" "a delicate flavor" "the delicate wing of a butterfly"

Definition 3: excessively fastidious and easily disgusted - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dainty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for dainty in the sense of this definition

(dainty is similar to ...) giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness

"a fastidious and incisive intellect" "fastidious about personal cleanliness"

Definition 4: especially pleasing to the taste - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dainty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dainty dish to set before a kind

(dainty is similar to ...) pleasing to the sense of taste

"a tasty morsel"

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