minc·​ing | \ ˈmin(t)-siŋ How to pronounce mincing (audio) \

Definition of mincing

: affectedly dainty or delicate taking mincing steps

Other Words from mincing

mincingly \ ˈmin(t)-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce mincing (audio) \ adverb

Examples of mincing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rental agent listened to my concerns and matched me with the Harley Heritage Softail, a thinking man’s bagger with leather panniers, weighing in at a mincing and elegant 700 pounds. New York Times, 27 Oct. 2021 Pioneer Natural Resources founder and CEO Scott Sheffield isn’t mincing words about a two-pronged threat pressuring independent oil and gas producers. Dallas News, 27 Mar. 2020 This teenager isn't afraid to speak out David Hogg is not mincing words. Editors, USA TODAY, 15 Feb. 2018 As outrage mounts over the treatment of migrant families at the U.S.–Mexico border, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon is not mincing words. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, 22 June 2018 So, President Trump also talking immigration today, and not mincing words either. Fox News, 17 May 2018 At a time when most of the artists on the island have been seduced by the market and many writers maintain a complicit silence, independent movies are not mincing words. Sarah Moreno, miamiherald, 20 Mar. 2018 That doesn't mean the former Texas A&M quarterback isn't mincing words. Mark Heim, AL.com, 21 Feb. 2018 Thank you, anonymous source, for not mincing words. Tom Philip, GQ, 17 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of mincing

1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Mincing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mincing. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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