Definition of mince in English:


Syllabification: mince
Pronunciation: /mins


[with object]
1 (often as adjective minced) Cut up or grind (food, especially meat) into very small pieces, typically in a machine with revolving blades: minced beef
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  • A trace of this practice survives in the serving of toast fingers with plain cooked minced meat, an adaptation made to the original dish in the 18th century.
  • Poultry, sausages and chopped or minced meat must always be thoroughly cooked.
  • Tip into a bowl and mix in the lemon zest, chopped herbs, minced veal, salt and freshly ground black pepper.
grind, chop up, cut up, dice, hash, chop fine
2 [no object] Walk with an affected delicacy or fastidiousness, typically with short quick steps: there were plenty of secretaries mincing about
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  • And he minces; he takes short, feline, footsteps.
  • Within a few blocks my feet were sliding back and forth inside my sandals, which made it difficult to walk without seeming to mince.
  • Under his critical gaze I manage to avoid mincing, but end up walking with a pronounced limp and a crooked back, instead - Mother Hubbard crossed with an out-of-condition baby elephant.
walk affectedly
informal sashay, flounce, strut
affected, dainty, effeminate, pretentious, dandified, foppish
informal camp


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Something minced, especially mincemeat: put the mince on a dish
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  • Let's face it, beef mince especially, is the worst quality meat product that is allowed to be sold.
  • My recipe today is for Keema - curried mince (ground beef).
  • This is what the guests found: meatballs about the diameter of £2 coins made of lamb, beef and pork mince, with bowls of quite peppery tomato sauce.


late Middle English: from Old French mincier, based on Latin minutia 'smallness'.


not mince words (or one's words)

Speak candidly and directly, especially when criticizing someone or something: a gruff surgeon who does not mince words
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  • Dr. Kaufman doesn't mince words: ‘As a general rule, this stuff works.’
  • He doesn't mince words, making it clear that Catholics should believe in what is now called ‘intelligent design’.
  • Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Samantha Parton doesn't mince words when explaining why the Be Good Tanyas are attracted to traditional roots music.
talk straight, not beat around the bush, call a spade a spade, speak straight from the heart, pull no punches, not put too fine a point on it, tell it like it is, talk turkey



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  • These were then put through a mincer, washed, sieved and dried before being planted.
  • There are sausage-makers, pasta makers, mincers, olive presses and, there on the shelf behind one of the proprietors, a rugged little cheesegrater.
  • Chopping devices are favoured over mincers because the latter tend to crush the meat, squeezing out the juices.

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