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

Definition of mincing

: affectedly dainty or delicate taking mincing steps

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

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This teenager isn't afraid to speak out David Hogg is not mincing words. Editors, USA TODAY, "Teen speaks clearly on gun control: 'We're children ... get something done'," 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, "Cynthia Nixon Says ICE Is a ‘Terrorist Organization’," 22 June 2018 So, President Trump also talking immigration today, and not mincing words either. Fox News, "Corey Lewandowski: New political role has Trump's blessing," 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, "In film ‘Nadie,’ poet criticizes Fidel Castro but says he remains a socialist | Miami Herald," 20 Mar. 2018 That doesn't mean the former Texas A&M quarterback isn't mincing words. Mark Heim, AL.com, "Johnny Manziel: 'The NCAA is the biggest racket in the entire world'," 21 Feb. 2018 Thank you, anonymous source, for not mincing words. Tom Philip, GQ, "The Next Star Wars Movie Is Going to Be a Trainwreck, and Disney Knows It," 17 Jan. 2018 Break out the garlic and ginger, because your mincing days are over. Paula Forbes, GQ, "Five Small, Cheap Kitchen Gadgets That Will Make All Your Cooking Easier This Year," 12 Jan. 2018 Easy and comfortable to handle, these scissors have five blades, perfect for mincing herbs right off the plant or directly into a pan. Indianapolis Star, "Stainless Steel Herb Scissors for Only $11.99," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of mincing

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mincing was in 1530

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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