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.
Don't mince words: say what you mean.
Let's not mince words.
Mince tastes really good fried in a pan with some chopped onion and tomato.
Butchers often use machines to mince meat.
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.
I love going to gay bars and seeing drag queens mince around on stage.
- To speak frankly.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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 *minnisÅnÄ… (“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 minsÅn (“to make less, make smaller"), Gothic ðŒ¼ðŒ¹ðŒ½ðŒ¶ðŒ½ðŒ°ðŒ½ (minznan, “to become less, diminish"), Swedish minska (“to reduce, lessen"), Gothic ðŒ¼ðŒ¹ðŒ½ðƒ (mins, “slender, slight"). More at min.