For these upcroppings of courtier etiquette have ever seemed to march but mincingly with the free stride of our western backwoods.
Behold how mincingly it creeps over the sea, just ruffling and crisping it.
Lillie walked around the house, out of her mothers sight, just as mincingly as a peacock struts.
She smiled at me mincingly, for the vinegar stung her lips a little.
How marvelously fire, din and smoke shriveled up the time, which the captain's small clock so mincingly ticked off.
"Well, I'm sure she feels you've done too much for her as it is," Emeline said mincingly.
Slowly, hesitatingly, mincingly, the puppies slid down the pit-bank into the hollow.
She began to amble towards the gate, not mincingly as before, but with a freer and fuller stride.
"I do not remember Mr. Reuben Gold," said the little old lady, mincingly.
She gazes supremely from right to left as she goes, mincingly, and I would give her the prize for haughtiness.
"affectedly dainty," 1520s, probably originally in reference to speech, when words were "clipped" to affect elegance; or in reference to walking with short steps; present participle adjective from mince (v.).
(Heb. taphoph, Isa. 3:16), taking affectedly short and quick steps. Luther renders the word by "wag" or "waggle," thus representing "the affected gait of coquettish females."