mincing
adjective Date: 1530 affectedly dainty or delicate <
taking mincing steps
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mincingly adverb

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  • 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 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

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