dainty (adj.) Old form(s): daintie
fastidious, scrupulous, refined, particular
1H6 V.iii.38[Richard to Pucelle, of Charles] No shape but his can please your dainty eye
2H4 IV.i.196[Archbishop to Mowbray] the King is weary / Of dainty and such picking grievances
Ham V.i.70[Hamlet to Horatio] The hand of little employment hath the daintier sense [F; Q2 dintier]
LLL IV.i.145[Costard alone, of Armado] a most dainty man!
Mac II.iii.141[Malcolm to Donalbain] let us not be dainty of leave-taking
TC I.iii.145[Ulysses to all] The great Achilles ... / Grows dainty of his worth [also: sparing]
TNK II.ii.40[Second Countryman to the others, of the Schoolmaster] will the dainty dominie ... / Keep touch
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