- to cut or chop into very small pieces.
- to soften, moderate, or weaken (one's words), especially for the sake of decorum or courtesy.
- to perform or utter with affected elegance.
- to subdivide minutely, as land or a topic for study.
- to walk or move with short, affectedly dainty steps.
- Archaic. to act or speak with affected elegance.
- something cut up very small; mincemeat.
- not mince words/matters, to speak directly and frankly; be blunt or outspoken: He was angry and didn't mince words.
Origin of mince
Examples from the Web for mince
But Marcouch does not mince his words: “The greatest insult of ISIS may even be toward the Muslims and Islam itself,” he tells us.ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe
Nadette De Visser
July 28, 2014
Musk was never one to mince words, but has recently unleashed aggressive broadsides on ULA.SpaceX’s Dragon V2 Will Land Exactly Where It Wants To
May 30, 2014
Santa snacks on rice pudding in Denmark, sponge cake in Chile, Kulkuls in India, and mince pies in the U.K.8 Facts You Never Knew About Christmas
December 24, 2013
Never one to mince her words, Leakes is as bawdy as they get on reality television.‘Ebony’ Cover With NeNe Leakes Unleashes a Firestorm of Criticism
Karu F. Daniels
November 27, 2012
Not to mince words,” he tells Gibney in the movie, “my view is I brought myself down… I did what I did, and shame on me.Spitzer's Tale of Redemption
April 25, 2010
These mince pies may be eaten by persons who refrain from meat in Lent.
When half done, take them out, drain them, and mince them very fine.
Pare the pine-apple, slice it very thin, and mince it small.
Place the mince in greased scallop shells, and cover with the potatoes.The Skilful Cook
Put the mince into a quart of boiling milk, with a little butter and salt, cinnamon and sugar, and stir them carefully together.
- (tr) to chop, grind, or cut into very small pieces
- (tr) to soften or moderate, esp for the sake of convention or politenessI didn't mince my words
- (intr) to walk or speak in an affected dainty manner
- mainly British minced meat
- informal nonsensical rubbish
Word Origin and History for mince
late 14c., "to chop in little pieces," from Old French mincier "make into small pieces," from Vulgar Latin *minutiare "make small," from Late Latin minutiæ "small bits," from Latin minutus "small" (see minute (adj.)). Of speech, "to clip affectedly in imitation of elegance," 1540s; of words or language, "to restrain in the interest of decorum," 1590s. Meaning "to walk with short or precise steps" is from 1560s. Related: Minced; mincing.
"minced meat," 1850; see mincemeat.