dainty

Dainty means tiny, delicate, and lovely, so you could describe a little china tea set as dainty, and you could also call the tiny cakes on the little plates dainty.

The original meaning of dainty, back in the 1300s, was "choice morsel of food," and it's still used that way to talk about a delicacy or a treat. More often, dainty is used as an adjective to describe something that's delicate and lovely. It's a compliment, unless it's used sarcastically to mean "someone who acts ridiculously prissy." An example would be to say, "Sorry I hurt you when I barely brushed against you. I didn't realize you were so dainty."

Definitions of dainty
  1. noun
    something considered choice to eat
    synonyms: delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat
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    choice morsel, tidbit, titbit
    a small tasty bit of food
    savory, savoury
    an aromatic or spicy dish served at the end of dinner or as an hors d'oeuvre
    confection, sweet
    a food rich in sugar
    ambrosia, nectar
    (classical mythology) the food and drink of the gods; mortals who ate it became immortal
    gelatin, jelly
    an edible jelly (sweet or pungent) made with gelatin and used as a dessert or salad base or a coating for foods
    bone marrow, marrow
    very tender and very nutritious tissue from marrowbones
    calf's-foot jelly
    a savory jelly made with gelatin obtained by boiling calves' feet
    confectionery
    candy and other sweets considered collectively
    confiture
    preserved or candied fruit
    sweetmeat
    a sweetened delicacy (as a preserve or pastry)
    candy, confect
    a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts
    hardbake
    a British sweet made with molasses and butter and almonds
    chewing gum, gum
    a preparation (usually made of sweetened chicle) for chewing
    candied apple, candy apple, caramel apple, taffy apple, toffee apple
    an apple that is covered with a candy-like substance (usually caramelized sugar)
    center, centre
    the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering
    comfit
    candy containing a fruit or nut
    maraschino, maraschino cherry
    cherry preserved in true or imitation maraschino liqueur
    nonpareil
    colored beads of sugar used as a topping on e.g. candies and cookies
    gelatin dessert
    jellied dessert made with gelatin and fruit juice or water
    aspic
    savory jelly based on fish or meat stock used as a mold for meats or vegetables
    type of:
    aliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, sustenance, victuals
    a source of materials to nourish the body
  2. adjective
    especially pleasing to the taste
    “a dainty dish to set before a kind”
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    tasty
    pleasing to the sense of taste
  3. adjective
    affectedly dainty or refined
    synonyms: mincing, niminy-piminy, prim, twee
    refined
    (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel
  4. adjective
    delicately beautiful
    “a dainty teacup”
    synonyms: exquisite
    delicate
    exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury
  5. adjective
    excessively fastidious and easily disgusted
    synonyms: nice, overnice, prissy, squeamish
    fastidious
    giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness
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