mince


1mince

verb \ˈmin(t)s\

: to cut (food) into very small pieces

: to walk with quick, short steps in a way that does not seem natural and that is often meant to be funny

mincedminc·ing

Full Definition of MINCE

transitive verb
1
a :  to cut or chop into very small pieces
b :  to subdivide minutely; especially :  to damage by cutting up
2
:  to utter or pronounce with affectation
3
a archaic :  minimize
b :  to restrain (words) within the bounds of decorum
intransitive verb
:  to walk with short steps in a prim affected manner
minc·er noun

Examples of MINCE

  1. The recipe says that you should mince the onions.
  2. <minced some garlic and added it to the stew>

Origin of MINCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French mincer, from Vulgar Latin *minutiare, from Latin minutia smallness — more at minutia
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to MINCE

2mince

noun

; also : ground meat of a specified kind

Full Definition of MINCE

1
:  small chopped bits (as of food); specifically :  mincemeat
2
British :  hamburger 1a

First Known Use of MINCE

1600

Rhymes with MINCE

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