Part of speech: verb

To chop fine; lessen; talk or act affectively.

Part of speech: noun

Meat chopped fine and mixed with various ingredients. mincemeat.

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Usage examples "mince":

  1. Lady Dunborough was not mealy- mouthed, nor one of those who mince matters. - "The Castle Inn", Stanley John Weyman.
  2. Those who personate ladies, take hold of their little bob- tailed jackets, and prink and mince, and take fine airs upon themselves, and look so precisely like fine ladies, that the real fine ladies looking at them, want to give them a good shaking. - "The Fairy Nightcaps", Frances Elizabeth Barrow.
  3. I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say 'I love you. - "King-Henry-V", Shakespeare, William.