mincing

[min-sing]

Origin:
1520–30; mince + -ing2

mincingly, adverb
unmincing, adjective
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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
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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]

mincing (ˈmɪnsɪŋ)
 
adj
(of a person) affectedly elegant in gait, manner, or speech
 
'mincingly
 
adv

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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.

mincing
"affectedly dainty," 1520s, probably originally in reference to speech, when words were "clipped" to affect elegance, or to walking with short steps; prp. adj. from from mince
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Bible Dictionary

Mincing definition


(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."

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Example sentences
Don't get carried away, though, by mincing your compost additions too small.
Walk with stretched-forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go.
His abrasive personality caused many mincing middle managers to call him a bully.
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