Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Showing affected nicety; overnice; precise.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", W. H. Davenport Adams.