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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for un minced

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 un minced
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.
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Slang definitions & phrases for un minced

mince

noun

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


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