- 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 mincer
"I've helped to 'try out' one hundred and fifty bar'ls from one whale," said the mincer.
The mincer now stands before you invested in the full canonicals of his calling.
They have no interest in making the million take their literature after it has been passed through a mincer.The Curse of Education
Harold E. Gorst
After being severed from the whale, the white-horse is first cut into portable oblongs ere going to the mincer.
- an appliance used to mince meat
- (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 mincer
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.