noun (minces, -)
verb (minc, ing)
- (uncountable) Finely chopped meat.
- (uncountable) Finely chopped mixed fruit used in Christmas pies.
- (countable) A short, precise step.
- (countable) An affected manner.
- (transitive) To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine.
- (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.
- I know no ways to it in love, but directly to say — "I love you." — w:Shakespeare, Shakespeare
- (transitive) To affect; to make a parade of.
- (intransitive) To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected manner.
- The daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, mincing as they go. --Is. III. 16.
- I'll turn two mincing steps into a manly stride. — w:Shakespeare, Shakespeare
- (intransitive) To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in manner.
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