Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DAINTY, adj. Add variant deintie
Sc. form of Eng. dainty.Edb. 1979  Albert D. Mackie in Joy Hendry Chapman 23-4 (1985) 43:
She's aye had her puckle siller tae,
And her that perjink and cannie
The perfect chatelaine —
Owre dentie for the Lawnmarket and the Bow.
Abd. 1998  Sheena Blackhall The Bonsai Grower 62:
He wis deintie and trig in aa his wyes fur sic a giant o a chiel, roch neither in thocht nor spikk. "Gweed sake," wis the warst sweirin he wis allowed at hame — an even yon wis like a reid rag tae a bull as far as Mither wis concairned.

II. n. Add: A large wrapped toffee sweet; cf. penny dainty, s.v. penny.Gsw. 1990  John and Willy Maley From the Calton to Catalonia 26:
Last shout at the sweetie tray. Toaffy caramels, dainties, soor plooms, sherbet, liquorice and pokey hats.
Sc. 1999  Scotland on Sunday 20 Jun 1:
Its two-bus service won passengers' loyalty with the novelty of home-made sandwiches and toffee dainties, and now operates throughout the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and China.
Edb. 2005  :
Dainties have gotten awfy wee noo-a-days.

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