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mince

[ mins ]

verb (used with object)

, minced, minc·ing.
  1. to cut or chop into very small pieces.
  2. to soften, moderate, or weaken (one's words), especially for the sake of decorum or courtesy.
  3. to perform or utter with affected elegance.
  4. to subdivide minutely, as land or a topic for study.


verb (used without object)

, minced, minc·ing.
  1. to walk or move with short, affectedly dainty steps.
  2. Archaic. to act or speak with affected elegance.

noun

  1. something cut up very small; mincemeat.

mince

/ mɪns /

verb

  1. tr to chop, grind, or cut into very small pieces
  2. tr to soften or moderate, esp for the sake of convention or politeness

    I didn't mince my words

  3. intr to walk or speak in an affected dainty manner


noun

  1. minced meat
  2. informal.
    nonsensical rubbish

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Other Words From

  • mincer noun
  • un·minced adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of mince1

1350–1400; Middle English mincen < Middle French minc ( i ) er < Vulgar Latin *minūtiāre to mince; minute 2

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Word History and Origins

Origin of mince1

C14: from Old French mincier, from Vulgar Latin minūtiāre (unattested), from Late Latin minūtia smallness; see minutiae

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Idioms and Phrases

Idioms
  1. not mince words / matters, to speak directly and frankly; be blunt or outspoken:

    He was angry and didn't mince words.

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Example Sentences

But Marcouch does not mince his words: “The greatest insult of ISIS may even be toward the Muslims and Islam itself,” he tells us.

Musk was never one to mince words, but has recently unleashed aggressive broadsides on ULA.

Santa snacks on rice pudding in Denmark, sponge cake in Chile, Kulkuls in India, and mince pies in the U.K.

Never one to mince her words, Leakes is as bawdy as they get on reality television.

Christine Lagarde doesn't mince words about economy during her first major policy address as IMF chief.

Place these an inch from each other; egg the paste all round and fold the edge of it over the balls of mince.

Mince an onion; take about a dozen peppercorns, twenty juniper berries, three bayleaves, and put these into a gill of vinegar.

Take a cold dressed rabbit, mince all the meat, mix in with it an equal quantity of bread soaked in milk squeezed dry.

Mince two ounces of lean ham, one truffle, and six mushrooms; stir this mixture into a gill of white sauce.

When it is half done, mince it with the bacon, season, and add half a clove of garlic and pound all smoothly in a mortar.

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Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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