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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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DAINTITH, DAINTETH, n. A dainty. Obs. in Eng. since 15th cent. (N.E.D.).Sc. 1718 Ramsay Chr. Kirk ii. xix. in Poems (1721):
Of Daintiths they had Routh and Wale, Of which they were right fon.
Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 126:
He that never eat Flesh, thinks a Pudding a dainteth.
Edb. 1773 R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 58:
Devall then, Sirs, and never send For daintiths to regale a friend.
Fif. a.1880 Mrs Morton in Sc. National Readings (1914) 168:
An' servile wark they never saw, Save when a dainteth she was makin'.
Dmf. 1823 J. Kennedy Poems 18:
Where a dinner het and reeking, Crowns the daintith cover'd board.

[From O.Fr. daintiet, id., s.v. daintié (Godefroy, ed. 1880–1900). O.Sc. has danteth, joy, pleasure, a.1500 (D.O.S.T.).]

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