\ 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 Gary doesn't mince words about what has happened to his sister. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Jan. 2022 In a year plagued by mass death, avoidable disasters, and fracturing allegiances, North Carolina punks the Muslims refuse to mince words. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 22 Dec. 2021 Never one to mince words, Bryant told ESPN there was no one on the Los Angeles Lakers team at the time that earned that honor from him. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 17 Dec. 2021 When the book got a greenlight, Hannah-Jones didn’t want to mince words in her sweeping exploration of slavery and its continuing legacy in America today. Los Angeles Times, 11 Dec. 2021 Myles Turner doesn't mince words or beat around the bush. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Dec. 2021 Hegedish did not mince words about the significance of the upcoming levy. cleveland, 8 Nov. 2021 Spurs coach Gregg Popovich did not mince words recently when asked about Jakob Poeltl’s start to his sixth NBA season. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Nov. 2021 Beyond the emotions in the community, members of the roster did not mince words when asked about the game. Ryan Mainville, Dallas News, 21 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Baldwin, 63, who was starring in and producing the low-budget western, didn’t mince words about the incident. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2022 After the Green Bay Packers were outplayed by Cleveland on Christmas Day, but prevailed, 24-22, Adams didn't mince words. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Harsin didn’t mince words on how not having both men on the field affected the Tiger defense. al, 28 Dec. 2021 The mince is stewed or fried in aromatic spices, and is traditionally served solo or used to stuff samosas and naan. Rachel Gurjar, Bon Appétit, 30 Sep. 2021 Leftover mince pies, chocolate and cornbread are the base of this delectable dessert recipe that makes for a perfect post-Christmas snack. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 The queen’s speech is a fixture of Christmas Day, as familiar as mince pies, Yorkshire puddings and silly Christmas jumpers. Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2021 Plus, there's some pretty delicious looking mince pies in there too. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, 22 Dec. 2021 VeeKay didn't mince words after emerging from IndyCar's infield care center after taking out two of the top-three in the season-long points standings on Lap 65. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Aug. 2021

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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 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of mince

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of mince (Entry 2 of 2)

: hamburger sense 2 also : ground meat of a specified kind


\ 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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