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mincing

[min-sing] /ˈmɪn sɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(of the gait, speech, behavior, etc.) affectedly dainty, nice, or elegant.
Origin of mincing
1520-1530
1520-30; mince + -ing2
Related forms
mincingly, adverb
unmincing, adjective

mince

[mins] /mɪns/
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
Related forms
mincer, noun
unminced, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mincing
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  • Well, they are professional thieves—what's the use of mincing matters!

  • In respect to her bewitching endearments, there's no mincing matters, at all.

  • Alice imitates her mincing way of talking, but I can't do it.

    The House of Souls Arthur Machen
  • What's the use of mincing words, fencing about the truth any longer?

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
  • The commonest serving-maid who walks the streets of Cadiz would put to shame a whole score of our mincing and wriggling belles.

    The Lands of the Saracen Bayard Taylor
  • Harriet, as cool as himself, went on mincing Donald's cold beef.

  • When he spoke it was in a soft voice and a mincing speech, not like our plain Somersetshire way.

    For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant
  • There they cooed, and bustled back and forth, with little, mincing steps.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
British Dictionary definitions for mincing

mincing

/ˈmɪnsɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(of a person) affectedly elegant in gait, manner, or speech
Derived Forms
mincingly, adverb

mince

/mɪns/
verb
1.
(transitive) to chop, grind, or cut into very small pieces
2.
(transitive) to soften or moderate, esp for the sake of convention or politeness: I didn't mince my words
3.
(intransitive) to walk or speak in an affected dainty manner
noun
4.
(mainly Brit) minced meat
5.
(informal) nonsensical rubbish
Word Origin
C14: from Old French mincier, from Vulgar Latin minūtiāre (unattested), from Late Latin minūtia smallness; see minutiae
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Word Origin and History for mincing
adj.

"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.).

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.

n.

"minced meat," 1850; see mincemeat.

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Slang definitions & phrases for mincing

mince

noun

An unfashionable or tedious person; bore; drip: Anybody who still wears saddle shoes is a ''mince'' (1960s+ Students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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mincing in the Bible

(Heb. taphoph, Isa. 3:16), taking affectedly short and quick steps. Luther renders the word by "wag" or "waggle," thus representing "the affected gait of coquettish females."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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