[ 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

minc·ing·ly, adverbun·minc·ing, adjective

Definition for mincing (2 of 2)


[ 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.


something cut up very small; mincemeat.

Origin of mince

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

Related forms

minc·er, nounun·minced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mincing (1 of 2)


/ (ˈmɪnsɪŋ) /


(of a person) affectedly elegant in gait, manner, or speech

Derived Forms

mincingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for mincing (2 of 2)


/ (mɪns) /


(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 for mince

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