- mincing (adj.) "affectedly dainty," 1520s, probably originally in reference to speech, when words were "clipped" to affect elegance; or in reference to walking with short steps; prp. adjective from from MINCE (Cf. mince) (v.).
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mincing — [min′siŋ] adj. 1. affectedly elegant or dainty: of a person or a person s speech, manner, etc. 2. characterized by short steps or affected daintiness [a mincing walk] mincingly adv … English World dictionary
Mincing — Min cing, a. That minces; characterized by primness or affected nicety. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
mincing — [adj] affected, pretentious artificial, dainty, delicate, effeminate, fastidious, finical, finicky, fussy, genteel, insincere, la di da*, nice, particular, persnickety, precious, sissy, squeamish, stilted, too too*, unnatural; concepts 401,404… … New thesaurus
Mincing — Mince redirects here. For other uses of the term, see Mince (disambiguation). Mincing is a food preparation technique in which food ingredients are finely divided. The effect is to create a closely bonded mixture of ingredients and a soft or… … Wikipedia
mincing — adjective Date: 1530 affectedly dainty or delicate < taking mincing steps > • mincingly adverb … New Collegiate Dictionary
mincing — adjective no one dared to laugh at the young master s mincing walk Syn: affected, dainty, effeminate, pretentious, dandified, foppish; informal camp … Thesaurus of popular words
mincing — minc•ing [[t]ˈmɪn sɪŋ[/t]] adj. affectedly dainty, or elegant: mincing steps[/ex] • Etymology: 1520–30 minc′ing•ly, adv … From formal English to slang
mincing — /ˈmɪnsɪŋ/ (say minsing) adjective 1. affectedly nice or elegant, as gait, behaviour, air, speech, etc.: *She moved off with mincing steps; came back to whisper I really was married to him, you know. –g.b. lancaster, 1933. 2. walking, acting, or… … Australian English dictionary
mincing — 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
mincing — mincingly, adv. /min sing/, adj. (of the gait, speech, behavior, etc.) affectedly dainty, nice, or elegant. [1520 30; MINCE + ING2] * * * … Universalium