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Da'intiness. n.s. [from dainty.]

  1. Delicacy; softness.

    What should yet thy palate please?
    Daintiness and softer ease,
    Sleeked limbs, and finest blood?
    Ben. Johnson's Forest.

  2. Elegance; nicety.

    The duke exceeded in the daintiness of his leg and foot, and the earl in the fine shape of his hands. Wotton.

  3. Squeamishness; fastidiousness.

    Of sand, and lime, and clay, Vitruvius hath discoursed without any daintiness. Wotton's Architecture.

Sources: Jonson, Ben (70) · Wotton, Henry (48)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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