American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cut or chop into very small pieces.
- v. To subdivide (land, for example) into minute parts.
- v. To pronounce in an affected way, as with studied elegance and refinement.
- v. To moderate or restrain (words) for the sake of politeness and decorum; euphemize: Don't mince words: say what you mean.
- v. To walk with very short steps or with exaggerated primness.
- v. To speak in an affected way.
- n. Finely chopped food, especially mincemeat.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make less; make small; specifically, to cut or chop into very small pieces: as, to mince meat.
- To lessen; diminish; especially, to diminish in speaking; speak of lightly or slightingly; minimize.
- To utter primly: bring or show forth sparingly or in a half-spoken way; hence, to display with affected delicacy; use affectation in regard to: as, to mince one's words or a narrative; to mince the lapses of one's neighbors; a minced oath.
- To effect mincingly.
- To walk with short steps or with affected nicety; affect delicacy in manner.
- To speak with affected elegance.
- n. Same as mince-meat.
- n. uncountable Finely chopped meat.
- n. uncountable Finely chopped mixed fruit used in Christmas pies; mincemeat.
- n. countable An affected (often dainty or short and precise) gait.
- n. countable An affected manner, especially of speaking; an affectation.
- v. transitive To make less; make small.
- v. transitive To lessen; diminish; to diminish in speaking; speak of lightly or slightingly; minimise.
- v. transitive, rare To effect mincingly.
- v. transitive, cooking To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine.
- v. transitive 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.
- v. transitive To affect; to pronounce affectedly or with an accent.
- v. intransitive To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected manner.
- v. intransitive To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in manner.
- v. archaic To diminish the force of.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine; to hash.
- v. 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.
- v. rare To affect; to make a parade of.
- v. To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected manner.
- v. To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in manner.
- n. A short, precise step; an affected manner.
- n. food chopped into small bits
- v. make less severe or harsh
- v. walk daintily
- v. cut into small pieces
- From Middle English mincen, minsen; partly from Old English minsian ("to make less, make smaller, diminish"), from Proto-Germanic *minnisōnan (“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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English mincen, from Old French mincier, from Vulgar Latin *minūtiāre, from Latin minūtia, smallness; see minutia. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“World War II, they mince, is the reason we got out of the Great Depression.”
“So the mince is now turned into bolognaise (very healthy version too - no excess fat whatsoever and none of that ready made bolognaise sauce rubbish) and is happily simmering.”
“Cromwell's Head Tavern, a building which is still standing on the north side of School Street, upon the site of No. 13, where Mrs. Harrington now deals out coffee and "mince" - pie to her customers, Beacon Hill was a collection of pastures, owned by thirteen proprietors, in lots containing from a half to twenty acres each.”
“When the game ended, with him invariably the winner, players and spectators alike repaired to a tent to gorge ourselves on barbe - cue, a delicious concoction of roasted pork and peppery sauce, assisted by melons and fruits, all washed down with glasses of toddy, punch and porter, followed by a rich dessert called mince pie.”
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“He does kind of mince like a sad cat when confronted with icky wet grass or mud.”
“Larry Downing/Reuters Alex Wells, 13, of San Diego, spelled "mince" correctly in round two on Wednesday, left, and made it to round five Thursday before misspelling "dansant.”
“And then, even as now, the Post Office requested those mailing gifts, especially food parcels such as mince-pies, to make sure that they were securely packed so as to avoid damage in shipping.”
“With the Restoration in 1660 came a return to pre-Puritan festivities, so Samuel Pepys was partaking in the renewed enjoyment of dishes such as mince pies.”
“They are invariably made in a triangular shape, an inch thick, and filled with a kind of mince meat.”
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