dainty

dainty
I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. delicate, exquisite; fastidious, neat; delicious. See beauty, taste, care, food.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Notable for fineness or fragility]
Syn. delicate, fragile, petite, frail, thin, light, pretty, beautiful, lovely, comely, well-made, attractive, graceful, fine, neat, choice, elegant, exquisite, trim, pleasing, tasteful, precious, tasty, delicious, appetizing, rare, soft, tender, feeble, airy, diaphanous, lacy, nice, darling, cute, sweet; see also charming , weak 1 , 2 .
Ant. coarse, rough*, gross.
2. [Having taste for dainty things]
Syn. refined, nice, fastidious, overnice; see particular 3 , refined 2 .
Syn.- dainty and delicate are both used to describe things that are pleasing to highly refined tastes or sensibilities, delicate implying fragility, subtlety, or fineness, and dainty suggesting smallness, fastidiousness, or gracefulness; exquisite is applied to something so delicately wrought or subtly refined as to be appreciated by only the most keenly discriminating or fastidious See also Synonym Study at particular .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. delicate exquisite, charming, fine, fragile, precious, lovely, elegant, refined, graceful.
2. discriminating fussy, finicky, particular, fastidious, *persnickety, choosy, refined, overrefined.
ANT.: 1. rough, ugly, ponderous, *built like a brick shithouse, junky. 2. unparticular, easy to please
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Appealing to refined taste: choice, delicate, elegant, exquisite, fine1. See GOOD, INGESTION. 2. Very difficult to please: choosy, exacting, fastidious, finical, finicky, fussy, meticulous, nice, particular, persnickety, squeamish. Informal: picky. See ACCEPT. II noun Something fine and delicious, especially a food: delicacy, morsel, tidbit, treat. Informal: goody. See GOOD, INGESTION.

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  • dainty — UK [ˈdeɪntɪ] / US adjective Word forms dainty : adjective dainty comparative daintier superlative daintiest 1) small and attractive in a delicate way dainty china cups 2) a dainty movement or action is small and graceful Mary took dainty bites… …   English dictionary

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