\ 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.



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


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 Howard Sherman doesn't mince words about how his move back to Houston has helped fine-tune his creative process. Alison Medley, Chron, "The 10 most fascinating Houstonians I interviewed in 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 Mound diced beef on a cutting board and run a chef’s knife through it several times to mince meat into finer, slightly irregular pieces. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "A Great Way to Cook Steak at Home, According to a Top Chef," 21 Dec. 2020 Cory Undlin didn’t mince any words when he was asked Tuesday if the Detroit Lions’ defense would have extra energy this week in preparation for the Green Bay Packers’ potent offense. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions coach: There better be extra energy this week vs. Packers," 9 Dec. 2020 Ludwig, who kept it short and sweet during the four-minute Zoom session, didn’t feel the need to mince words. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig “disgusted” by Utah football’s turnover problem," 1 Dec. 2020 Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, did not mince her words in critiquing the president's multiple lawsuits filed in Michigan. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "AG Nessel: Trump's baseless elections lawsuits essentially say 'Black people are corrupt'," 11 Nov. 2020 Sarah's brother Earl Spencer did not mince words about his contempt for the royal family, and the media in his now-famous eulogy. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Princess Diana's Older Sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale Once Dated Prince Charles," 15 Nov. 2020 When asked how to interpret the lack of communication from U.S. officials, Mr. López Obrador did not mince his words. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "Mexico, Outraged at Arrest of Ex-Official, Threatened to Toss U.S. Agents," 18 Nov. 2020 Grande, who’s dating real estate agent Dalton Gomez, doesn’t mince words with her desires and fantasies, and that’s refreshing. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Is Unapologetically Horny on Her Positions Album, and Fans Love It," 30 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Powell expressed gratitude for community support last year, but didn’t mince words about the coming year. oregonlive, "For independent bookstores, 2020 ranged from ‘excruciating’ to ‘embrace the pivot’," 2 Jan. 2021 The show is full of regionalisms, like Bakewell tarts, clotted cream, mince pies, and pastoral aesthetics. Kate Yoder, Wired, "Another Victim of Global Warming: The Great British Bake Off," 5 Dec. 2020 DEER PARK - Mark Horton didn’t mince words Friday morning about the strength of the Deer Park Invitational. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Lake boys, Clear Falls girls excel at strong DP run," 17 Oct. 2020 Borrell didn’t mince words about the broader toll that four years of Trumpism had exacted on Europe. Washington Post, "Europe is ready for Biden to get started," 16 Nov. 2020 Others pull in other influences from farther afield: matcha from Japan, Italian nocino or mince from England. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Where to get Thanksgiving pie in the Bay Area," 10 Nov. 2020 Slathered with what resembles tartar sauce and hot with a mince of jalapeños and herbs, the combination adds up to a rousing, open-wide-and-let-’er-in sandwich. Washington Post, "Gather around Tabla for another helping of Georgian cooking," 16 Oct. 2020 Asked about the slide on Wednesday, Mattingly didn’t mince words with his interpretation of the play. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins take exception to high slide from Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr.," 7 Oct. 2020 The Omega includes accessories to make nut-butter and mince herbs. Popular Science, "These pieces of kitchen gear make excellent gifts," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of mince


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


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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The first known use of mince was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Mince.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mince. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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


\ 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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