- Something nice or delicate; a delicacy; something of exquisite taste.
Be not desirous of his dainties; for they are deceitful meat. Prov. xxiii. 3.
A worm breedeth in meal, of the shape of a large white maggot, which is given as a great dainty to nightingales. Bacon.
She then produc'd her dairy store,
And unbought dainties of the poor. Dryden.
The shepherd swains, with sure abundance blest,
In the fat flock, and rural dainties, feast. Pope's Odyssey.
- A word of fondness formerly in use.
Why, that's my dainty; I shall miss thee:
But yet thou shalt have freedom. Shakespeare's Tempest.
There is a fortune coming
Towards you, dainty, that will take thee thus,
And set thee aloft. Ben. Johnson's Catiline.