Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
from 2005 supplement
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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