What does the word mincing mean?

Usage examples for mincing

  1. While some of the men were down in the blubber- room cutting the " blanket- pieces," as the largest masses are called, others were pitching the smaller pieces on deck, where they were seized by two men who stood near a block of wood, called a " horse," with a mincing knife, to slash the junks so as to make them melt easily. – Fighting the Whales by R.M. Ballantyne
  2. " It is the garden of oblivion," he said, still in a low voice, and speaking with a delicate refinement that was almost mincing. – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
  3. Sometimes, in the midst of all this wild confusion, a kind of French courtier would come mincing along, in old- fashioned costume, leading a lady, also in antique attire, and, gazing on the right hand and the left through an immense opera- glass, making, in the meantime, the most polite bows. – Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century by W. H. Davenport Adams