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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dainty  \Dain"ty\,  a.  [Compar.  {Daintier};  superl.  {Daintiest}.] 
  1.  Rare  valuable;  costly.  [Obs.] 
 
  Full  many  a  deynt['e]  horse  had  he  in  stable. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  Note:  Hence  the  proverb  ``dainty  maketh  dearth,''  i.  e., 
  rarity  makes  a  thing  dear  or  precious. 
 
  2.  Delicious  to  the  palate;  toothsome. 
 
  Dainty  bits  Make  rich  the  ribs.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Nice;  delicate;  elegant,  in  form  manner,  or  breeding; 
  well-formed;  neat;  tender. 
 
  Those  dainty  limbs  which  nature  lent  For  gentle 
  usage  and  soft  delicacy.  --Milton. 
 
  I  would  be  the  girdle.  About  her  dainty,  dainty 
  waist.  --Tennyson. 
 
  4.  Requiring  dainties.  Hence:  Overnice;  hard  to  please; 
  fastidious;  squeamish;  scrupulous;  ceremonious. 
 
  Thew  were  a  fine  and  dainty  people.  --Bacon. 
 
  And  let  us  not  be  dainty  of  leave-taking,  But  shift 
  away  --Shak. 
 
  {To  make  dainty},  to  assume  or  affect  delicacy  or 
  fastidiousness.  [Obs.] 
 
  Ah  ha  my  mistresses!  which  of  you  all  Will  now  deny 
  to  dance?  She  that  makes  dainty,  She  I'll  swear, 
  hath  corns.  --Shak. 




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