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mincing

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

mincing

/ˈmɪnsɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(of a person) affectedly elegant in gait, manner, or speech
Derived Forms
mincingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un mincing

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.).

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un 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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