mince

verb
\ ˈmin(t)s How to pronounce mince (audio) \
minced; mincing

Definition of mince

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cut or chop into very small pieces She minced the garlic.
b : to subdivide minutely especially : to damage by cutting up The director minced up the play.
2 : to utter or pronounce with affectation minced the word in the manner of the old lady
3a archaic : minimize
b : to restrain (words) within the bounds of decorum minced no words in stating his dislike— J. T. Farrell

intransitive verb

: to walk with short steps in a prim affected manner The comedian minced across the stage.

mince

noun

Definition of mince (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from mince

Verb

mincer noun

Synonyms for mince

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of mince in a Sentence

Verb The recipe says that you should mince the onions. minced some garlic and added it to the stew
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Baroness Brown, chair of the CCC’s Adaptation Sub-Committee, did not mince her words. David Vetter, Forbes, 24 June 2021 New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman did not mince words when asked how his community was affected by COVID-19. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 27 May 2021 In April 1966, with the economy running hot and workers in short supply, California gubernatorial candidate Ronald Reagan did not mince words about the wisdom of providing government money to the unemployed — or about the character of recipients. Tom Saler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 June 2021 Belgian prime minister Alexander De Croo did not mince his words, either. Pieter Cleppe, National Review, 20 May 2021 In a food processor, place the basil, parsley, garlic, walnuts and salt and process to mince to a paste. Star Tribune, 1 Apr. 2021 Fawn Sharp, the president of the National Congress of American Indians, did not mince words. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 28 Apr. 2021 Spurs coach Gregg Popovich does not mince words when describing the effect Poeltl’s rim protection has had on his team’s improved defense. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Apr. 2021 Miles Davis doesn't mince words in his 448-page autobiography, co-written with journalist Quincy Troupe (who wrote his own memoir about his friendship with the musician). Billboard, 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The report lists a few key environmental factors contributing to the issue, but the lead researcher didn’t mince words about the true nature of the problem facing Lake Tahoe. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 July 2021 In an interview at the time, John C. Angley, Plymouth County’s longtime medical examiner, didn’t mince words. BostonGlobe.com, 3 July 2021 In the wake of the board of education’s 5-4 vote on Jan. 8, 2020 to revert to a racist nickname, athletic director Kevin Marcoux didn’t mince words. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, 15 June 2021 At a Wisconsin sentencing hearing in 2019 for a male soldier charged with indecent conduct with a female colleague, Lt. Col. Scott Southworth, the soldiers’ commanding officer, didn’t mince words. USA Today, 31 Mar. 2021 Randle, who is one year younger than Fletcher, didn't mince words recalling the day her comfortable world collapsed around her. Star Tribune, 26 May 2021 At a Wisconsin sentencing hearing in 2019 for a male soldier charged with indecent conduct with a female colleague, Lt. Col. Scott Southworth, the soldiers’ commanding officer, didn’t mince words. USA Today, 31 Mar. 2021 Prince Harry didn’t mince words during his recent appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast. Paulina Jayne Isaac, Glamour, 13 May 2021 At a Wisconsin sentencing hearing in 2019 for a male soldier charged with indecent conduct with a female colleague, Lt. Col. Scott Southworth, the soldiers’ commanding officer, didn’t mince words. USA Today, 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of mince

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mince

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French mincer, from Vulgar Latin *minutiare, from Latin minutia smallness — more at minutia

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“Mince.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mince. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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mince

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mince

: 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

mince

verb
\ ˈmins How to pronounce mince (audio) \
minced; mincing

Kids Definition of mince

1 : to cut or chop into very small pieces minced onion
2 : to act or speak in an unnaturally dainty way Little Jehu came mincing in, a glitter of bright colors.— Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain
3 : to phrase comments in such a way as to not cause offense I'll not mince words with you; you know you lied.

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