mince

[ mins ]
/ mɪns /

verb (used with object), minced, minc·ing.

verb (used without object), minced, minc·ing.

to walk or move with short, affectedly dainty steps.
Archaic. to act or speak with affected elegance.

noun

something cut up very small; mincemeat.

Nearby words

  1. minas de ríotinto,
  2. minas gerais,
  3. minatitlán,
  4. minatory,
  5. minaudière,
  6. mince matters,
  7. mince pie,
  8. mincemeat,
  9. mincer,
  10. minch

Idioms

    not mince words/matters, to speak directly and frankly; be blunt or outspoken: He was angry and didn't mince words.

Origin of mince

1350–1400; Middle English mincen < Middle French minc(i)er < Vulgar Latin *minūtiāre to mince; see minute2

Related formsminc·er, nounun·minced, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for mince

mince

/ (mɪns) /

verb

(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

noun

mainly British minced meat
informal nonsensical rubbish

Word Origin for mince

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

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