Mince Mince (m[i^]ns), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Minced} (m[i^]nst); p. pr. & vb. n. {Minging} (m[i^]n"s[i^]ng).] [AS. minsian to grow less, dwindle, fr. min small; akin to G. minder less, Goth. minniza less, mins less, adv., L. minor, adj. (cf. {Minor}); or more likely fr. F. mincer to mince, prob. from (assumed) LL. minutiare. [root]101. See {Minish}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine; to hash; as, to mince meat. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. To suppress or weaken the force of; to extenuate; to palliate; to tell by degrees, instead of directly and frankly; to clip, as words or expressions; to utter half and keep back half of; as, he doesn't mince words. [1913 Webster]

I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say -- ``I love you.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Siren, now mince the sin, And mollify damnation with a phrase. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

If, to mince his meaning, I had either omitted some part of what he said, or taken from the strength of his expression, I certainly had wronged him. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To affect; to make a parade of. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • mince — ► VERB 1) cut up or shred (meat) into very small pieces. 2) walk in an affected manner with short, quick steps and swinging hips. ► NOUN chiefly Brit. ▪ minced meat. ● mince (one s) words Cf. ↑mince words …   English terms dictionary

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