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- adv. In a mincing way; affectedly, with excessive delicacy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. In a mincing manner; not fully; with affected nicety.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a mincing, affected, or cautious way; sparingly; with affectation or reserve.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in a mincing manner
This unusual posture again excited suspicion, and the animal sidled mincingly away.
The bill came due in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War; patriotic German paintings from the time show manly Prussian troopers upsetting "mincingly delicate furniture."
If you've been hired because you are young and pretty, because you are mincingly camp, because you've ticked a particular ethnic box and then you are no longer young and pretty or the fashions have moved on and you suddenly don't have a job – get over it.
These, in turn, were crowded out by Japanese women, doll-like, stepping mincingly on wooden clogs; by Eurasians, delicate featured, stamped with degeneracy; by full-bodied South-Sea-Island women, flower-crowned and brown-skinned.
In a moment of mincingly understated candour Fred Hiltz admitted that this might “create some tension”:
I mincingly and carefully stepped to the door, took a deep breath, gave myself some extra chest support with my right arm, and ran as fast as I could to the other end of the bedroom where the towels were laying in a pile on the floor.
Then the insolence — the confidence — [as Betty mincingly told me, that one said; you may easily guess who] that she, who was so justly in disgrace for downright rebellion, should pretend to prescribe to the whole family! —
So I'm walking mincingly around my apartment drinking Gatorade and waiting to regain equilibrium, afraid to sleep too much but not at all keen on going "out."
As I dipped my pen in the ink with a shaking hand, and surveyed the white paper with eyes half-blinded and overflowing, one of my judges began mincingly to apologize for the pain he caused.
He spoke the French words in a mincingly Parisian accent, even though his irony was apparent only to himself.
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