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Dictionary Definition

mince n : food chopped into small bits; "a mince of mushrooms"


1 make less severe or harsh; "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears" [syn: soften, moderate]
2 walk daintily; "She minced down the street"
3 cut into small pieces; "mince the garlic"

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  1. Finely chopped meat.
  2. Finely chopped mixed fruit used in Christmas pies.
  3. A short, precise step.
  4. An affected manner.


finely chopped meat
short precise step
  • Norwegian: tripping
affected manner


  1. transitive cooking To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine.
  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.
    I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say — "I love you." — Shakespeare
  3. To affect; to make a parade of.
  4. 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. — Shakespeare
  5. To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in manner.

Usage notes

Current usage in the sense of "weaken the force of" is limited to the phrase "mince words"; e.g., "I won't mince words with you".

Derived terms


chop fine
walk in short precise step
  • Norwegian: trippe


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Extensive Definition

Mincing is a cooking technique in which food ingredients are finely divided. The effect is to create a closely bonded mixture of ingredients and a soft or pasty texture. Flavoring ingredients with spices or condiments such as garlic, ginger, and fresh herbs may be minced to distribute flavor more evenly in a mixture. Additionally bruising of the tissue can release juices and oils to deliver flavors uniformly in a sauce. Mincemeat tarts and Pâtés employ mincing in the preparation of moldable paste. Meat is also minced and this cooking technique is used in Greek cuisine.

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