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English definition of “mincing”

mincing

adjective uk   /ˈmɪn.sɪŋ/ us  

mincing adjective (WALK)

describes an artificial way of walking with small, delicate steps: He took short, mincing steps.Moving gently on foot

mincing adjective (SPEECH)

describes a way of speaking that is too delicate and not direct enough: She found herself irritated by the interviewer's mincing way of asking questions.Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
(Definition of mincing from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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