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[min-sing] /ˈmɪn sɪŋ/
(of the gait, speech, behavior, etc.) affectedly dainty, nice, or elegant.
Origin of mincing
First recorded in 1520-30; mince + -ing2
Related forms
mincingly, adverb
unmincing, adjective Unabridged
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  • For these upcroppings of courtier etiquette have ever seemed to march but mincingly with the free stride of our western backwoods.

    The Master of Appleby Francis Lynde
  • Behold how mincingly it creeps over the sea, just ruffling and crisping it.

    Sea Stories Various
  • Lillie walked around the house, out of her mothers sight, just as mincingly as a peacock struts.

    The Corner House Girls Grace Brooks Hill
  • 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.

    Kincaid's Battery George W. Cable
  • "Well, I'm sure she feels you've done too much for her as it is," Emeline said mincingly.

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
  • Slowly, hesitatingly, mincingly, the puppies slid down the pit-bank into the hollow.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • 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.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • She gazes supremely from right to left as she goes, mincingly, and I would give her the prize for haughtiness.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for mincingly


(of a person) affectedly elegant in gait, manner, or speech
Derived Forms
mincingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mincingly



"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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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