WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
mince /mɪns/USA pronunciation
v., minced, minc•ing, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- to chop into very small pieces:[~ + object]meat that has been minced.
- to soften, esp. for the sake of politeness:[~ + object]He was angry and didn't mince his words.
- to move with short, unnaturally dainty steps: [no object]He minced across the room.[~ + object]He minced his way across the room.
minc•ing, adj.: short, mincing steps.
(mins),USA pronunciation v., minced, minc•ing, n. v.t.
- to cut or chop into very small pieces.
- to soften, moderate, or weaken (one's words), esp. for the sake of decorum or courtesy.
- to perform or utter with affected elegance.
- to subdivide minutely, as land or a topic for study.
- to walk or move with short, affectedly dainty steps.
- [Archaic.]to act or speak with affected elegance.
- not mince words or matters, to speak directly and frankly;
be blunt or outspoken:He was angry and didn't mince words.
- something cut up very small;
- Vulgar Latin *minūtiāre to mince; see minute2
- Middle French minc(i)er
- Middle English mincen 1350–1400
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
mince /mɪns/ vb
- (transitive) to chop, grind, or cut into very small pieces
- (transitive) to soften or moderate, esp for the sake of convention or politeness: I didn't mince my words
- (intransitive) to walk or speak in an affected dainty manner
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French mincier, from Vulgar Latin minūtiāre (unattested), from Late Latin minūtia smallness; see minutiae
- chiefly Brit minced meat
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