Mince

Definition of Mince

Pronunciation: mĭns
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Minced (mĭnst); p. pr. & vb. n. Minging (mĭn"sĭng).]
1.To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine; to hash; as, to mince meat.
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.
I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say - "I love you."
- Shak.
Siren, now mince the sin,
And mollify damnation with a phrase.
- Dryden.
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.
3.To affect; to make a parade of.
v. i.1.To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected manner.
The daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, . . . mincing as they go.
- Is. iii. 16.
I 'll . . . turn two mincing steps
Into a manly stride.
- Shak.
2.To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in manner.
n.1.A short, precise step; an affected manner.

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