|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|
|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 |
(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."