\ 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 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 When Alonzo Mourning swung on the Knicks' Larry Johnson in the 1998 playoffs, Riley did not mince words to Mourning about costing his team the series. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Winderman: Pat Riley’s Finals ‘asterisk’ neither headline news nor Heat hubris | Commentary," 26 Oct. 2020 Never one to mince words, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo once again went on the attack against President Donald Trump on Tuesday and claimed the commander-in-chief was responsible for every single COVID-19-related death in the Empire State. Steve Bittenbender, Washington Examiner, "Cuomo directly blames Trump for New York's COVID-19 deaths," 21 Oct. 2020 Luntz did not mince words when Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto asked him on Wednesday afternoon which candidate would be hurt more if there are no more debates given the president's COVID-19 diagnosis. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "'No hesitation': Frank Luntz says Biden will be the next president if there are no more presidential debates," 7 Oct. 2020 President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden sparred during the first presidential debate Tuesday – and the men did not mince words while facing off on several issues. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, ""Shut up, man": First debate between Biden and Trump devolves into personal jabs," 30 Sep. 2020 Speaking to Congress today, the former Facebook manager first tasked with making the company make money did not mince words about his role. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Former Facebook manager: “We took a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook”," 24 Sep. 2020 To serve: Finely mince the remaining cilantro sprigs. SFChronicle.com, "Recipes for a seasonal bounty: Starters," 18 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Add the beef mince and sauté until any liquid has evaporated and then add the tomatoes and cook for a further 15 minutes. Richard Vines, Bloomberg.com, "Humble Pie Gets Spicy Makeover With British-Indian Recipe," 26 Sep. 2020 O’Connor, a Republican who before serving on Ohio’s high court was lieutenant governor from 1999 to 2002, serving with former GOP Gov. Bob Taft, didn’t mince words about the statement. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor blasts her party, Ohio GOP, for ‘irresponsible’ criticism of judge," 16 Sep. 2020 Arians didn’t mince words, however, when breaking down Brady’s second interception, which Janoris Jenkins returned 36 yards for a touchdown. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Tom Brady isn't yet the quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need him to be," 14 Sep. 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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mince.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mince. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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