v. minced, minc·ing, minc·es
a. To cut or chop into very small pieces.
b. To subdivide (land, for example) into minute parts.
2. To pronounce in an affected way, as with studied elegance and refinement.
3. To moderate, restrain, or euphemize (words) for the sake of politeness and decorum: Don't mince words: say what you mean.
1. To walk with very short steps or with exaggerated primness.
2. To speak in an affected way.
Finely chopped food, especially mincemeat.
[Middle English mincen, from Old French mincier, from Vulgar Latin *minūtiāre, from Latin minūtia, smallness; see MINUTIA.]
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