mince

mince

[mins]
verb (used with object), minced, mincing.
1.
to cut or chop into very small pieces.
2.
to soften, moderate, or weaken (one's words), especially for the sake of decorum or courtesy.
3.
to perform or utter with affected elegance.
4.
to subdivide minutely, as land or a topic for study.
verb (used without object), minced, mincing.
5.
to walk or move with short, affectedly dainty steps.
6.
Archaic. to act or speak with affected elegance.
noun
7.
something cut up very small; mincemeat.
Idioms
8.
not mince words/matters, to speak directly and frankly; be blunt or outspoken: He was angry and didn't mince words.

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

mincer, noun
unminced, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To mince
Collins
World English Dictionary
mince (mɪns)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to chop, grind, or cut into very small pieces
2.  (tr) to soften or moderate, esp for the sake of convention or politeness: I didn't mince my words
3.  (intr) to walk or speak in an affected dainty manner
 
n
4.  chiefly (Brit) minced meat
5.  informal nonsensical rubbish
 
[C14: from Old French mincier, from Vulgar Latin minūtiāre (unattested), from Late Latin minūtia smallness; see minutiae]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

mince
late 14c., from O.Fr. mincier "make into small pieces," from V.L. *minutiare "make small," from L.L. minutiæ "small bits," from L. minutus "small" (see minute). Related: Minced. Mince-pie is attested from c.1600; as rhyming slang for "eye" it is attested from 1857.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature