dainty | daintiness

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Meaning(s)

small and delicate

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dainty - delicate

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Something or somebody ‘dainty’ is pretty, fragile, and physically slight. The word can also be used to refer to somebody who is overly fastidious, squeamish, or likely to avoid anything rough or particularly taxing physically. While it was once used mostly to describe women, that is no longer strictly the case.

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Synonyms twee,ethereal
Antonyms craggy

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  1. A dainty bottle of hand sanitizer was placed on every desk in the office for the staff to use. It was small enough that it could easily slip into one’s pocket.

  2. Despite her physical daintiness, Anna is extremely tough. Her grit and determination are something to behold.

  3. It wouldn’t suit Adam to be outside working with his hands. He’s a bit too dainty for such rugged tasks.

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