Definition of mince in 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’
    • ‘He minced some garlic by hand and scraped it in, added the lime juice, and puréed the concoction until it was a thin soup.’
    • ‘Today, its crisped edges are soggy, and its corn, cheddar and minced fresh herbs are dry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tim dices the chicken, minces the onion, grates the ginger and mixes the meat with the spice and yogurt mixture.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Add the mustard, minced lemon, caper mix, and parsley and pulse to combine.’
    • ‘I sliced bread, chopped celery and carrots, and minced sausage.’
    • ‘I tried a coconut milk concoction called ‘Thai fire’ and a simple mixture of oil and minced garlic.’
    • ‘The potatoes are minced and mixed with chocolate.’
    • ‘Finely chop the onion, mince the garlic and put these in a large bowl with the lemon juice and oil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Poultry, sausages and chopped or minced meat must always be thoroughly cooked.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tip into a bowl and mix in the lemon zest, chopped herbs, minced veal, salt and freshly ground black pepper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She said: ‘I was in the kitchen mincing some meat when I heard this terrific bang.’’
    • ‘Combine ground beef, minced garlic and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.’
    chop up, cut up, chop into small pieces, cut into small pieces
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  • 2[no object] Walk with an affected delicacy or fastidiousness, typically with short quick steps.

    ‘there were plenty of secretaries mincing about’
    • ‘Which is apparently why, on a chilly autumnal afternoon, I am mincing through a dappled forest clearing with no shoes or socks on.’
    • ‘And he minces; he takes short, feline, footsteps.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Rick was in a trio called The Highlights and he used to mince about on stage,’ explained Francis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘I knew I didn't mince or anything, but I really didn't think I swaggered.’
    • ‘She minces about, feverishly waving wands and batons (the child, not ‘Turtle’) at the crowd, then suddenly our eyes meet.’
    • ‘Within a few blocks my feet were sliding back and forth inside my sandals, which made it difficult to walk without seeming to mince.’
    • ‘Athletics, on the other hand, was an excuse to mince around a field in a vest and carry out a bunch of pointless exercises.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘The concept was ‘Stars’, and a range of lookie-likies (read wannabes) were mincing around in the crowd.’
    • ‘And's that pink nylon flippy wig just for morning lectures, or are you mincing around in it because it's pretty?’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Truman Capote may have been the only man who could mince while slouching; that takes exceptional skill.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Green plays softball with James's affectations, while Culkin minces through a selection of costume changes.’
    • ‘Echo soon returned mincing over the gravel, holding her footprinted parchment, saying, ‘Wow!’’
    affected, fastidious, dainty, effeminate, niminy-piminy, chichi, foppish, dandyish
    pretentious, precious
    camp, sissy, la-di-da, campy, queeny
    poncey
    walk affectedly, walk in an affected way, walk in an dainty way, teeter, waddle, skip
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noun

  • Something minced, especially mincemeat.

    ‘put the mince on a dish’
    • ‘Place pork mince in a bowl and add chopped olives.’
    • ‘Let's face it, beef mince especially, is the worst quality meat product that is allowed to be sold.’
    • ‘I like to use lean beef mince from the supermarket.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My recipe today is for Keema - curried mince (ground beef).’
    • ‘Try some veggie recipes and instead of mince use soya meat instead, you will not know the difference.’
    • ‘Mind you, I'm very good at steak, and my mince with mash is unbeatable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Add the cooked mince to the mixture together with seasoning, 1 small egg, beaten, and 25g flour, mix thoroughly.’
    • ‘As versatile as a pound of mince, it is also one of the easiest meats to cook.’
    • ‘Looks a great colour in the pan, tastes of proper beef, lovely coarse mince.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I get my steaks, and pick up a couple of lamb chops, a pork belly and some mince.’
    • ‘Repeat with the second batch of mince and place in the colander.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The potatoes are boiling, the simmering mince smells like proper home cooking.’
    • ‘Sausage rolls would go down well, especially if the filling was a bit special, perhaps good sausage mince mixed with game or venison.’
    • ‘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.’

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’
      • ‘Dr. Kaufman doesn't mince words: ‘As a general rule, this stuff works.’’
      • ‘He doesn't mince words, making it clear that Catholics should believe in what is now called ‘intelligent design’.’
      • ‘He doesn't mince words, and he is able to talk about this in layman's terms that everyone can understand.’
      • ‘Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Samantha Parton doesn't mince words when explaining why the Be Good Tanyas are attracted to traditional roots music.’
      • ‘For all his courtesy, he doesn't mince words over political differences between the two countries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When asked why there are so few players from the region playing in top European clubs, he doesn't mince his words.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘Pick an issue, she's got an opinion and she doesn't mince words.’
      • ‘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
      tell it like it is
      talk turkey
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

mince

/mins/