\ 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 The celery and carrots are chopped into small cubes, and the ginger and garlic are finely minced, so the flavors are dispersed through the filling. Cathy Barrow, The Denver Post, "The good old cabbage roll turns over a new leaf," 26 Aug. 2019 It is minced into paste called surimi for imitation crab, ground for animal feed and pressed into oil. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Climate Change Drives Fish Into New Waters, Remaking an Industry," 22 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, mince the garlic and place half of it in a mixing bowl. Washington Post, "We’d eat these garlicky, spiced meatballs and chickpeas on anything," 17 Sep. 2019 Lean Ground Turkey ¼ small yellow onion, minced 1 Tbsp. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "These Juicy Burger Recipes Put New Spins On A Classic Dish," 23 Aug. 2019 Their ammunition minces the human body and shreds almost anything hit. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "Take a moment and thank the police who run toward danger," 5 Aug. 2019 Marshawn Lynch has never been one to mince words, but this time his mouth has him in hot water. Michael Nowels, The Mercury News, "Marshawn Lynch goes on ‘sexist’ rant after football mom says he swore at her kid," 2 Aug. 2019 His job is to report with candor, not mince his words. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Boris Johnson Failed to Defend Britain’s Ambassador — and British Sovereignty," 11 July 2019 Add the noodles, asparagus, and minced scallions to the miso butter. BostonGlobe.com, "SOBA WITH MISO BUTTER AND ASPARAGUS," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Here’s a look at what the national (and international) media are saying: TSN’s Frank Seravalli didn’t mince words in his bold predictions: The Colorado Avalanche will hoist the Stanley Cup for the third time in franchise history. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Are the Avalanche legit Stanley Cup contenders? Here’s what the national media has to say.," 3 Oct. 2019 Phillips spends too much time letting Phoenix squirm and mince for the camera – and feels much longer than its 122-minute running time. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "That joke isn’t funny anymore: ‘Joker’ is a grim disappointment," 2 Oct. 2019 For a spicier slaw, mince and add the jalapeño ribs and seeds. Washington Post, "Can you have a Baja-style fish taco with just veggies? Sure," 22 July 2019 The Good Housekeeping Institute’s Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab tested how evenly food processors were able to dice onions, mince parsley, grind parmesan cheese, slice tomatoes, shred carrots and mozzarella, and knead dough. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Food Processors to Buy, According to Kitchen Appliance Experts," 1 Feb. 2019 It was prepared by gutting the mouse, filling it with pork mince, and baking it. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "Stuffed Dormouse and Fish Gut Sauce: The Flavors of Pompeii," 7 Aug. 2019 Remove any loose skin from peach halves and jalapeno (no need to remove all skin); then chop peach halves, seed and mince jalapeno, and transfer both to bowl. Washington Post, "Make nicely glazed, unimpeachable peachy grilled chicken," 17 June 2019 The big tires and the Fox 2.0 Performance shocks ate up the washboard and made mince of the ruts, spitting rocks and gravel and laughing at the sandy parts. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, "The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a beastly pickup truck that’s built to be battered," 14 June 2019 Interested in the royal recipe for mince pies or ginger Christmas biscuits? Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Listen to Prince Charles Read an Excerpt from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol," 17 Dec. 2018

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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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27 Oct 2019

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

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How to pronounce mince (audio)

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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