(of the gait, speech, behavior, etc.) affectedly dainty, nice, or elegant.

Nearby words

  1. mincemeat,
  2. mincer,
  3. minch,
  4. mincha,
  5. minchah,
  6. mincingly,
  7. mind,
  8. mind bender,
  9. mind games,
  10. mind like a steel trap, have a

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



(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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