\ 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

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 Whatever the dangers, Dr. Fortun makes no effort to mince her words. New York Times, 3 June 2022 Serebrennikov does not mince words in his defense of the oligarch. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 18 May 2022 Gillman takes care in rendering her characters’ exploration of their identities and takes young readers seriously enough not to mince important topics. Erin Berger, Outside Online, 3 Apr. 2020 Jocelyn Alo doesn’t mince words, and the Sooners’ ever-candid slugger wasn’t going to hold back in the wake of top-seeded Oklahoma routing Texas in Game 1 of the Women’s College World Series finals Wednesday night. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 9 June 2022 Herrington doesn’t mince words in talking about Stewart. Ted Glanzer, Hartford Courant, 6 June 2022 Jonah Williams didn't mince words about protecting Joe Burrow Think about it. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 12 May 2022 Another favorite of Jeon's, Fenty Beauty doesn't mince on quality. ELLE, 23 Apr. 2022 Stallings didn't mince words about the current state of college football. Nick Kelly, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to Omega, this model can produce nut milks and butters, grind coffee beans, make frozen desserts and mince herbs and garlic. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, 31 May 2022 Cut 8 thin slices from cut sides of fresh lemon halves, then mince lemon slices. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 18 May 2022 Rahna Epting, the executive director of MoveOn, which organizes progressive activists, didn’t mince words in an interview with NBC News' Benjy Sarlin. NBC News, 12 Apr. 2022 Kirill Petrenko, conductor, The Berliner Philharmonic’s Russian-Austrian maestro didn’t mince words in his criticism of the Russian attack. Anne Quito, Quartz, 2 Mar. 2022 And in the opinion published 50 years ago Friday, Wright didn’t mince words. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2022 Mike Woodson didn’t mince words Tuesday night in explaining his decision to suspend five players for the Hoosiers’ loss at Northwestern. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Feb. 2022 On the eve of National Signing Day, Lane Kiffin didn’t mince words when talking about the state of recruiting. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 1 Feb. 2022 Dressing Instructions: In a food processor mince the garlic, anchovy, salt, and black pepper. Benjamin Liong Setiawan, Forbes, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Mince.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mince. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for mince


\ 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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