mincing mincing  /ˈmɪn sɪŋ/


  • (adj) affectedly dainty or refined



  1. Then for a year and a half he became a Fletcherite mincing his mouthfuls with bovine perseverance but not enthusiasm.
  2. Because many of the youngsters seem unaware of the way they appear to others, they are shown videotapes of themselves mincing down the hall.
  3. Now, with the Great Chicken Grill-Off only weeks away, he was mincing about with a plan to kill his own poultry.


  • Paladino seeks to have Supt. removed

    Buffalo Developer Carl Paladino is not mincing words about his upcoming assignment as a member of the Buffalo School Board.
    on June 28, 2013     Source: WIVB Buffalo

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  1. "Without mincing words, I am totally against the idea of MPs (members of parliament) adding salaries to themselves arbitrarily," Prime Minister Raila Odinga told journalists during his first news conference since being hospitalized on Monday....
    on Jul 4, 2010 By: Raila Odinga Source: The Associated Press

  2. An angry Simpson said: "This is no time for mincing words. The party is at best eight months away from a general election. If you want to go down the New Labour route it is suicide. People are sick to the back teeth of that approach. Our people are...
    on Sep 10, 2009 By: Derek Simpson Source: Mirror.co.uk

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