Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

Etymologies

mincing +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This unusual posture again excited suspicion, and the animal sidled mincingly away.

    To Build a Fire

  • The bill came due in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War; patriotic German paintings from the time show manly Prussian troopers upsetting "mincingly delicate furniture."

    Hidden Treasure

  • 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.

    Former Countryfile presenter fronts ITV investigation into ageism on TV

  • 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.

    Chapter 1

  • In a moment of mincingly understated candour Fred Hiltz admitted that this might “create some tension”:

    Diocese of Niagara in competition with New Westminster « Anglican Samizdat

  • 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.

    The Further Naked Adventures of airforcewife - SpouseBUZZ

  • 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! —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • 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."

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • 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.

    Villette

  • He spoke the French words in a mincingly Parisian accent, even though his irony was apparent only to himself.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

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