- (of the gait, speech, behavior, etc.) affectedly dainty, nice, or elegant.
Origin of mincing
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Behold how mincingly it creeps over the sea, just ruffling and crisping it.Sea Stories
She smiled at me mincingly, for the vinegar stung her lips a little.Monsieur, Madame and Bebe, Complete
"Well, I'm sure she feels you've done too much for her as it is," Emeline said mincingly.The Story Of Julia Page
He had three daughters, mincingly beautiful, and of a pleasant countenance.The Prince of India, Volume II
"Tell me when he has done his orisons, somebody," said she mincingly.The Cloister and the Hearth
- (of a person) affectedly elegant in gait, manner, or speech
"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.).