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minced; mincing

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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


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

Examples of mince in a Sentence

Verb She minced the onions. minced some garlic and added it to the stew
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Word History


Verb and Noun

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

First Known Use


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


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Mince.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mince. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
minced; mincing
: to cut into very small pieces
: to act, walk, or speak in an unnaturally dainty way


2 of 2 noun
: small bits into which something is chopped
especially : mincemeat

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