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mince

mince

 
pronunciation:
mIns
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: minced, minces, mincing
definition 1: to cut into very small, fine pieces.
The chef minces the onion before adding it to the sauce.
synonyms:
chop, hash
similar words:
cut, dice, shred
definition 2: to restrain or soften for the sake of courtesy or etiquette.
He didn't mince words when he fired me.
similar words:
gloss, mitigate, moderate, palliate, qualify, restrain, soften, whitewash
definition 3: to pronounce or utter with unnatural or affected refinement.
similar words:
attitudinize, drawl, lisp, posture, simper
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to walk in unnaturally short, dainty steps.
She minced by in her six-inch heels.
definition 2: to act, move, or speak with an unnatural, affected elegance.
similar words:
prance, sashay, strut
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: something that has been chopped or cut into very small pieces; mincemeat.
synonyms:
mincemeat
similar words:
forcemeat, hash
definition 2: meat, usually beef, that has been cut up into very small pieces using a special machine; ground beef.
derivation: mincer (n.)
Word Parts
The word mince contains the following part:
min Latin root that means small; make smaller
synonyms:
micro-
antonyms:
magn, magna, magni, maxi, mega, megal, megalo, -megaly, macro-