Origin of mincing

First recorded in 1520–30; mince + -ing2
Related formsminc·ing·ly, adverbun·minc·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mincingly


  1. (of a person) affectedly elegant in gait, manner, or speech
Derived Formsmincingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for mincingly



"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.).

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