mince

1 verb
1 (T) to cut food, especially meat, into very small pieces, usually in a machine: minced lamb
2 (intransitive always + adv/prep) to walk in an unnatural way, taking short steps and moving your hips
(+ across/down/along etc): She minced across the hall to her desk.
3 not mince matters/your words to say exactly what you think even if this may offend people: He's a brash New Yorker who doesn't mince his words.
2 noun (U) BrE meat, especially beef, that has been cut into very small pieces using a special machine; ground beef AmE

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • mince — [ mɛ̃s ] adj. et interj. • fin XIVe; de l a. v. mincier « couper en menus morceaux », var. de menuiser I ♦ Adj. 1 ♦ (Opposé à épais) Qui a peu d épaisseur. ⇒ 2. fin. Couper de la viande en tranches minces. ⇒ émincer. Métal réduit en bandes, en… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • mince — MINCE. adj. de tout genre. Tenve, qui n a que fort peu d épaisseur. Estoffe mince. cette doublure est bien mince. cette lame d argent est fort mince. couper des tranches trop minces, &c. mince comme la langue d un chat. On dit figur. qu Une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Mince — (m[i^]ns), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Minced} (m[i^]nst); p. pr. & vb. n. {Minging} (m[i^]n s[i^]ng).] [AS. minsian to grow less, dwindle, fr. min small; akin to G. minder less, Goth. minniza less, mins less, adv., L. minor, adj. (cf. {Minor}); or more …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mince — Nom très rare porté dans le Puy de Dôme, où il est déjà attesté au XVIIe siècle. Sens incertain. On pense évidemment à l adjectif mince (= menu), mais son sens actuel n est attesté que depuis le XVIe siècle. En ancien français on donnait le nom… …   Noms de famille

  • Mińce —   Village   Country …   Wikipedia

  • mince ! — ● mince ! interjection (de mince) Familier. Marque un vif étonnement, une vive admiration, le mécontentement : Mince ! je me suis encore coupé …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • mince — [v1] chop up chip, crumble, cut, dice, divide, grind, hack, hash, whack; concept 176 mince [v2] pose, put on airs attitudinize, flounce, posture, prance, sashay, strut; concept 59 mince [v3] euphemize, hold back in communication alleviate, de …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • mince — [mins] vt. minced, mincing [ME mincen < OFr mincier < VL * minutiare < L minutus, small: see MINUTE2] 1. to cut up or chop up (meat, etc.) into very small pieces; hash 2. to subdivide minutely 3. to express or do with affected elegance… …   English World dictionary

  • Mince — Mince, n. A short, precise step; an affected manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mince — Mince, v. i. 1. To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected manner. [1913 Webster] The daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, . . . mincing as they go. Is. iii. 16. [1913 Webster] I ll . . .… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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