Dainties
Dainty Dain"ty, n.; pl. {Dainties}. [OE. deinie, dainte, deintie, deyntee, OF. deinti['e] delicacy, orig., dignity, honor, fr. L. dignitas, fr. dignus worthy. See {Deign}, and cf. {Dignity}.] 1. Value; estimation; the gratification or pleasure taken in anything. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

I ne told no deyntee of her love. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is delicious or delicate; a delicacy. [1913 Webster]

That precious nectar may the taste renew Of Eden's dainties, by our parents lost. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

3. A term of fondness. [Poetic] --B. Jonson.

Syn: {Dainty}, {Delicacy}.

Usage: These words are here compared as denoting articles of food. The term delicacy as applied to a nice article of any kind, and hence to articles of food which are particularly attractive. Dainty is stronger, and denotes some exquisite article of cookery. A hotel may be provided with all the delicacies of the season, and its table richly covered with dainties. [1913 Webster]

These delicacies I mean of taste, sight, smell, herbs, fruits, and flowers, Walks and the melody of birds. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

[A table] furnished plenteously with bread, And dainties, remnants of the last regale. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • dainties — n. (Slang) women s underpants dain·ty || deɪntɪ adj. tasty, delicious; delicate, exquisite; finicky, fussy n. delicacy, something pleasing to the eye or the palate …   English contemporary dictionary

  • παροψώμεθα — παροράω look at by the way aor subj mid 1st pl παροψάομαι eat dainties pres subj mp 1st pl (attic epic ionic) παροψάομαι eat dainties pres ind mp 1st pl παροψάομαι eat dainties pres subj mp 1st pl (attic epic doric ionic) παροψάομαι eat dainties… …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

  • ὀψωνοῦνθ' — ὀψωνοῦντα , ὀψωνέω buy fish and other dainties pres part act neut nom/voc/acc pl (attic epic doric) ὀψωνοῦντα , ὀψωνέω buy fish and other dainties pres part act masc acc sg (attic epic doric) ὀψωνοῦντι , ὀψωνέω buy fish and other dainties pres… …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

  • ὀψωνοῦντ' — ὀψωνοῦντα , ὀψωνέω buy fish and other dainties pres part act neut nom/voc/acc pl (attic epic doric) ὀψωνοῦντα , ὀψωνέω buy fish and other dainties pres part act masc acc sg (attic epic doric) ὀψωνοῦντι , ὀψωνέω buy fish and other dainties pres… …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

  • ὠψώνησ' — ὠψώνησα , ὀψωνέω buy fish and other dainties aor ind act 1st sg ὠψώνησο , ὀψωνέω buy fish and other dainties plup ind mp 2nd sg ὠψώνησο , ὀψωνέω buy fish and other dainties perf imperat mp 2nd sg ὠψώνησε , ὀψωνέω buy fish and other dainties aor… …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

  • Dainty — Dain ty, n.; pl. {Dainties}. [OE. deinie, dainte, deintie, deyntee, OF. deinti[ e] delicacy, orig., dignity, honor, fr. L. dignitas, fr. dignus worthy. See {Deign}, and cf. {Dignity}.] 1. Value; estimation; the gratification or pleasure taken in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ὠψωνημένα — ὀψωνέω buy fish and other dainties perf part mp neut nom/voc/acc pl ὠψωνημένᾱ , ὀψωνέω buy fish and other dainties perf part mp fem nom/voc/acc dual ὠψωνημένᾱ , ὀψωνέω buy fish and other dainties perf part mp fem nom/voc sg (doric aeolic) …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

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