Definition of mince in English:


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Pronunciation: /mɪns


1 [with object] (often as adjective minced) Cut up (food, especially meat) into very small pieces, typically in a machine: 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.
chop up, cut up, chop/cut into small pieces;
grind, dice, crumble, cube;
North American hash
2 [no object] Walk with short quick steps in an affectedly dainty manner: 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, walk in an affected/dainty way, teeter, waddle, skip
North American informal sashay
affected, fastidious, dainty, effeminate, niminy-piminy, chichi, foppish, dandyish;
pretentious, precious
informal camp, sissy, la-di-da, campy, queeny
British informal poncey


[mass noun] British Back to top  
Minced meat, especially beef: stir in the mince and fry until browned
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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'.


mince matters

[usually with negative] dated Use polite or moderate expressions to indicate disapproval: I hope she and her colleagues won’t mince matters
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  • He was not one to mince matters, nor did he wrap up inconvenient topics in persiflage.
  • Father Ton is a unique personality who in forthright conversations does not mince matters.
  • Many thoughtful men heard you and have not minced matters in their open approbation of your sermon.

not mince words (or one's words)

Voice one’s disapproval candidly and directly: his doctorly persona is that of 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 about the bush, call a spade a spade, speak straight from the shoulder, pull no punches, make no bones about something, get to the point
North American informal 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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