To make dainty
Dainty Dain"ty, a. [Compar. {Daintier}; superl. {Daintiest}.] 1. Rare; valuable; costly. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Full many a deynt['e] horse had he in stable. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Note: Hence the proverb ``dainty maketh dearth,'' i. e., rarity makes a thing dear or precious. [1913 Webster]

2. Delicious to the palate; toothsome. [1913 Webster]

Dainty bits Make rich the ribs. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Nice; delicate; elegant, in form, manner, or breeding; well-formed; neat; tender. [1913 Webster]

Those dainty limbs which nature lent For gentle usage and soft delicacy. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

I would be the girdle. About her dainty, dainty waist. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

4. Requiring dainties. Hence: Overnice; hard to please; fastidious; squeamish; scrupulous; ceremonious. [1913 Webster]

Thew were a fine and dainty people. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

And let us not be dainty of leave-taking, But shift away. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To make dainty}, to assume or affect delicacy or fastidiousness. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Ah ha, my mistresses! which of you all Will now deny to dance? She that makes dainty, She, I'll swear, hath corns. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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