Definition of mince in US English:

mince

verb

[with object]
  • 1often as adjective mincedCut up or grind (food, especially meat) into very small pieces, typically in a machine with revolving blades.

    ‘minced beef’
    • ‘The meat was finely minced and flavored with cloves and bits of roasted pear, and when you mashed it up, it tasted like a sweet, exotic version of shepherd's pie.’
    • ‘Heat the butter in a pan and fry the finely minced onion to a light brown.’
    • ‘More filling are the Buffalo Chicken Wings with hot garlic sauce and Nakamura's Half Moon, which has minced vegetables in seasoning.’
    • ‘Finely chop the onion, mince the garlic and put these in a large bowl with the lemon juice and oil.’
    • ‘Today, its crisped edges are soggy, and its corn, cheddar and minced fresh herbs are dry.’
    • ‘A typical example is minced beef cobbler, braised lambs' liver and onions, stuffed tomatoes, seafood flan salad or mixed side salad - all at a reasonable price.’
    • ‘Add the mustard, minced lemon, caper mix, and parsley and pulse to combine.’
    • ‘Combine ground beef, minced garlic and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.’
    • ‘Tim dices the chicken, minces the onion, grates the ginger and mixes the meat with the spice and yogurt mixture.’
    • ‘She said: ‘I was in the kitchen mincing some meat when I heard this terrific bang.’’
    • ‘I tried a coconut milk concoction called ‘Thai fire’ and a simple mixture of oil and minced garlic.’
    • ‘He minced some garlic by hand and scraped it in, added the lime juice, and puréed the concoction until it was a thin soup.’
    • ‘It can be cooked and served cold in sauce or stir-fried with pepper oil and minced spring onion with a weak fragrance of the buckwheat.’
    • ‘And if you've ever tasted one of my tuna, pasta, vinegar, lemon, sweetcorn, chile, minced beef dishes, you'd be terrified at the idea.’
    • ‘Mix together with a dash of lemon juice, plenty of salt to taste, a generous shake of dried red chili flakes and a finely minced green onion.’
    • ‘I sliced bread, chopped celery and carrots, and minced sausage.’
    • ‘Tip into a bowl and mix in the lemon zest, chopped herbs, minced veal, salt and freshly ground black pepper.’
    • ‘The potatoes are minced and mixed with chocolate.’
    • ‘Poultry, sausages and chopped or minced meat must always be thoroughly cooked.’
    • ‘A trace of this practice survives in the serving of toast fingers with plain cooked minced meat, an adaptation made to the original dish in the 18th century.’
    chop up, cut up, chop into small pieces, cut into small pieces
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  • 2no object Walk with an affected delicacy or fastidiousness, typically with short quick steps.

    ‘there were plenty of secretaries mincing about’
    • ‘Echo soon returned mincing over the gravel, holding her footprinted parchment, saying, ‘Wow!’’
    • ‘Green plays softball with James's affectations, while Culkin minces through a selection of costume changes.’
    • ‘‘Rick was in a trio called The Highlights and he used to mince about on stage,’ explained Francis.’
    • ‘She minces about, feverishly waving wands and batons (the child, not ‘Turtle’) at the crowd, then suddenly our eyes meet.’
    • ‘Whenever Clarence the angel talks longingly about getting his wings, take a shot of bourbon and then mince around the room, flapping your arms as feyly as possible.’
    • ‘Athletics, on the other hand, was an excuse to mince around a field in a vest and carry out a bunch of pointless exercises.’
    • ‘I mean, if you were banking 40 grand or more a week, and had a copious amount of free time on your hands, there are surely a million more imaginative ways to spend your time than mincing around celeb-studded night clubs in your Gucci threads!’
    • ‘I was troubled at first by the gay stereotype played by Neil Napier (he lisps, he minces, he wears pink), but then I remembered that everyone on stage is a caricature to some degree.’
    • ‘Tibetan society is charming but conservative, and the thought of Tibetan hotties mincing down the catwalk in their skimp challenged all credibility.’
    • ‘The concept was ‘Stars’, and a range of lookie-likies (read wannabes) were mincing around in the crowd.’
    • ‘It's her movie without a doubt and the script is fine-tuned to showcase her comic talents (not to mention her deportment, decorum and the ability to mince around wearing kitten heels and a bikini).’
    • ‘I knew I didn't mince or anything, but I really didn't think I swaggered.’
    • ‘Within a few blocks my feet were sliding back and forth inside my sandals, which made it difficult to walk without seeming to mince.’
    • ‘Which is apparently why, on a chilly autumnal afternoon, I am mincing through a dappled forest clearing with no shoes or socks on.’
    • ‘Under his critical gaze I manage to avoid mincing, but end up walking with a pronounced limp and a crooked back, instead - Mother Hubbard crossed with an out-of-condition baby elephant.’
    • ‘And's that pink nylon flippy wig just for morning lectures, or are you mincing around in it because it's pretty?’
    • ‘Truman Capote may have been the only man who could mince while slouching; that takes exceptional skill.’
    • ‘And he minces; he takes short, feline, footsteps.’
    • ‘Yeah, it's about time rock started to embrace its feminine side - will we ever see a rock star happy to wear a boa or make-up, or perhaps mince about the stage in a catsuit?’
    • ‘In addition to tall and slim models mincing along the cat-walk, one occasionally sees a dozen or so women in their 50s and even 60s clothed in their best twisting their bodies on stage.’
    affected, fastidious, dainty, effeminate, niminy-piminy, chichi, foppish, dandyish
    walk affectedly, walk in an affected way, walk in an dainty way, teeter, waddle, skip
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noun

British
  • Something minced, especially mincemeat.

    ‘put the mince on a dish’
    • ‘As versatile as a pound of mince, it is also one of the easiest meats to cook.’
    • ‘Try some veggie recipes and instead of mince use soya meat instead, you will not know the difference.’
    • ‘Sausage rolls would go down well, especially if the filling was a bit special, perhaps good sausage mince mixed with game or venison.’
    • ‘Place pork mince in a bowl and add chopped olives.’
    • ‘St Aidan's High School, which introduced a pioneering project to serve fresh school dinners from its own kitchen, served organic mince for the first time to mark the event.’
    • ‘Let's face it, beef mince especially, is the worst quality meat product that is allowed to be sold.’
    • ‘I did manage to get a pack of Heritage premium pork sausages half price, at 82p, and 500g of lean beef mince for £2.69.’
    • ‘Looks a great colour in the pan, tastes of proper beef, lovely coarse mince.’
    • ‘The potatoes are boiling, the simmering mince smells like proper home cooking.’
    • ‘Mind you, I'm very good at steak, and my mince with mash is unbeatable.’
    • ‘This is what the guests found: meatballs about the diameter of £2 coins made of lamb, beef and pork mince, with bowls of quite peppery tomato sauce.’
    • ‘A special kind of preserved beef mince, spiced and salted, is known as sassermaet and is the basis for making the patties which are called brönies.’
    • ‘In some places hummus is topped with cooked lamb mince, which is utterly delicious - though mutton is often used instead, and to the uninitiated this can be a rather strong flavour.’
    • ‘Spread up the sides of the moulds and make a hollow and then fill with cooked mince, top with the crumb mixture and bake in a low oven to warm through.’
    • ‘I like to use lean beef mince from the supermarket.’
    • ‘I get my steaks, and pick up a couple of lamb chops, a pork belly and some mince.’
    • ‘My recipe today is for Keema - curried mince (ground beef).’
    • ‘Add the cooked mince to the mixture together with seasoning, 1 small egg, beaten, and 25g flour, mix thoroughly.’
    • ‘Try cutting back on the amount you eat per meal and have good meat more often, instead of 5 days of mince and sausages, fill up on veggies and when you eat meat, eat good stuff.’
    • ‘Repeat with the second batch of mince and place in the colander.’

Phrases

  • not mince words (or one's words)

    • Speak candidly and directly, especially when criticizing someone or something.

      ‘a gruff surgeon who does not mince words’
      • ‘The straight-taking Murphy doesn't mince his words and makes no secret of his reservations about the prospects of soccer and rugby being played at G.A.A. headquarters.’
      • ‘He doesn't mince words, and he is able to talk about this in layman's terms that everyone can understand.’
      • ‘Dr. Kaufman doesn't mince words: ‘As a general rule, this stuff works.’’
      • ‘Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Samantha Parton doesn't mince words when explaining why the Be Good Tanyas are attracted to traditional roots music.’
      • ‘The Scottish music mogul who discovered Oasis certainly doesn't mince his words - and there's definitely no sign of corporate-speak such as ‘synergies’ or ‘shareholder value’.’
      • ‘For all his courtesy, he doesn't mince words over political differences between the two countries.’
      • ‘Pick an issue, she's got an opinion and she doesn't mince words.’
      • ‘When asked why there are so few players from the region playing in top European clubs, he doesn't mince his words.’
      • ‘He doesn't mince words, making it clear that Catholics should believe in what is now called ‘intelligent design’.’
      • ‘The former IPS officer doesn't mince words even when talking about the police force of which he was an integral part for more than three decades.’
      talk straight, not beat about the bush, call a spade a spade, speak straight from the shoulder, pull no punches, make no bones about something, get to the point
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French mincier, based on Latin minutia ‘smallness’.

Pronunciation

mince

/mins//mɪns/