Origin of mincing
verb (used with object), minced, minc·ing.
verb (used without object), minced, minc·ing.
Origin of mince
Examples from the Web for mincing
Contemporary Examples of mincing
“James Woods has a reputation in the business of not mincing words,” Breitbart posted in September 2013.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll
December 31, 2014
He also has a best supporting actor nomination for his mincing, lovestruck Olivia in Twelfth Night.Who Will Win the Tony Awards?
June 7, 2014
Historical Examples of mincing
Beside the Bishop rode the Prior of Emmet upon a mincing palfrey.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
He slowed down to an alert and mincing walk and then stopped.White Fang
"A thousand thanks, Monsieur—no," he answered coldly in his mincing tones.The Suitors of Yvonne
There's no need of mincing the matter; we need fear no eavesdropper here.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
"I know of no joke, Niece Ruth," said the old lady, with mincing iciness.Aunt Rachel
David Christie Murray
Word Origin for mince
"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.).
late 14c., "to chop in little pieces," from Old French mincier "make into small pieces," from Vulgar Latin *minutiare "make small," from Late Latin minutiæ "small bits," from Latin minutus "small" (see minute (adj.)). Of speech, "to clip affectedly in imitation of elegance," 1540s; of words or language, "to restrain in the interest of decorum," 1590s. Meaning "to walk with short or precise steps" is from 1560s. Related: Minced; mincing.
"minced meat," 1850; see mincemeat.