from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Affectedly refined or dainty.

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  • v. Present participle of mince.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That minces; characterized by primness or affected nicety.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Speaking or walking affectedly or with caution; affectedly elegant and nice; simpering.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. affectedly dainty or refined


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  • Once we’d moved on, we eventually found ourselves pootling (Trix thought the term mincing was not quite a gay enough description for our driving style, and music choices) down the A303, and Trixy decided randomly that, owing to Sherborne having a girls’ school (where my friend Sophie went incidentally) it was obviously a perfect place to stop off for a refreshing glass of wine.

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  • Once mincing is done, transfer the pesto into a bowl and add the olive oil.

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  • One does very little cutting on vegetables using the tip, though, I do find it useful in mincing garlic and finely dicing onions.

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  • Do NOT waste time and energy in mincing word armies with those who are sent to boggle our minds and torment our ‘spirit (s) †™ because as I said, there is absolutely NO chance of changing these folks minds, they are sad but true, brain dead.

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  • Then she set out in short, mincing steps like a geisha with a full pot of tea.

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  • The word mincing has appeared in 19 New York Times articles in the past year, including on March 21 in the theater review Reaching Deep Into a

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  • In the first half of his latest show, Lord of the Mince - which he describes a self-assured strutt called mincing of which he is the doyen - he reviews the ups and downs in his life.

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  • His statements are little more than thinly disguised, professional word mincing crafted to ensure black church voters were not alarmed by his over-the-top support of homosexual rights.

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  • And they run on their hind legs with a kind of mincing balletic movement, which is absolutely enchanting, I can tell you.

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  • Also consider that the Clinton brand is heavily weighted by a kind of mincing language that plays with the truth.

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  • "Far different was the impression produced by the gaunt and mincing lady who followed on Mr. Mingott’s arm, in a wild dishevelment of stripes and fringes and floating scarves; and as this last apparition glided into view Archer’s heart contracted and stopped beating."

    - Edith Wharton, 'The Age of Innocence'.

    September 19, 2009