dainty umbrella

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Quantz

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French
Context is an office where an executive take an umbrella before getting out.

"He took a dainty umbrella from his desk."

Does dainty mean here just "delicate" or is it more idiomatic ?
 
  • misterk

    Moderator
    English-American
    Two things are very unusual here: (1) the use of the word "dainty" to describe an umbrella, and (2) the fact that an executive keeps an umbrella in or on his desk.
    What happens next in the story??
     

    Quantz

    Senior Member
    French
    I know many execs who keep an umbrella in or on their desk. :cool:
    Next, he goes out in the street where it rains.
     

    Topsie

    Senior Member
    English-UK
    You would imagine a man's umbrella to be large and black (even if it's the folding variety), whereas "dainty" implies something delicate and feminine... not the sort of umbrella a man would use!
     
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