Mince meaning

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Mince is defined as to divide or cut into tiny pieces, or to walk or speak in a restrained or dainty way.

An example of mince is to cut up a piece of garlic into little bits.

An example of mince is to carefully choose words; to mince words.

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To moderate, restrain, or euphemize (words) for the sake of politeness and decorum.

Don't mince words: say what you mean.

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To speak in an affected way.
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To pronounce in an affected way, as with studied elegance and refinement.
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To walk with very short steps or with exaggerated primness.
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Finely chopped food, especially mincemeat.
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To cut up or chop up (meat, etc.) into very small pieces; hash.
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To lessen the force of; weaken, as by euphemism.

Let's not mince words.

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To speak or act with affected elegance or daintiness.
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To walk with short steps or in an affected, dainty manner.
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(uncountable) Finely chopped meat.

Mince tastes really good fried in a pan with some chopped onion and tomato.

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(uncountable) Finely chopped mixed fruit used in Christmas pies; mincemeat.

During Christmas time my dad loves to eat mince pies.

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(countable) An affected (often dainty or short and precise) gait.
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(countable) An affected manner, especially of speaking; an affectation.
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To make less; make small.
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To lessen; diminish; to diminish in speaking; speak of lightly or slightingly; minimise.
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(rare) To effect mincingly.
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(cooking) To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine.

Butchers often use machines to mince meat.

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To suppress or weaken the force of; to extenuate; to palliate; to tell by degrees, instead of directly and frankly; to clip, as words or expressions; to utter half and keep back half of.

I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say "” "I love you." "” Shakespeare.

To mince one's words.

A minced oath.

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To affect; to pronounce affectedly or with an accent.
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(intransitive) To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected manner.
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(intransitive) To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in manner.

I love going to gay bars and seeing drag queens mince around on stage.

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(archaic) To diminish the force of.
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not mince matters
  • To speak frankly.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

not mince matters

Origin of mince

  • Middle English mincen from Old French mincier from Vulgar Latin minūtiāre from Latin minūtia smallness minutia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English mincen, minsen; partly from Old English minsian (“to make less, make smaller, diminish"), from Proto-Germanic *minnisōnÄ… (“to make less"); partly from Old French mincer, mincier (“to cut into small pieces"), from mince (“slender, slight, puny"), from Frankish *minsto, *minnisto, superlative of *min, *minn (“small, less"), from Proto-Germanic *minniz (“less"); both from Proto-Indo-European *(e)mey- (“small, little"). Cognate with Old Saxon minsōn (“to make less, make smaller"), Gothic 𐌼𐌹𐌽𐌶𐌽𐌰𐌽 (minznan, “to become less, diminish"), Swedish minska (“to reduce, lessen"), Gothic 𐌼𐌹𐌽𐍃 (mins, “slender, slight"). More at min.

    From Wiktionary