[min-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈmɪn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
threatening or menacing
“expressing a threat, 1530s, from Middle French minatoire, from Late Latin minatorius, from minat-, stem of minari “to threaten” (see menace (n.)).
[mee-noh-dyair; French mee-noh-dyer] /ˌmi noʊˈdyɛər; French mi noʊˈdyɛr/ noun, plural minaudieres [mee-noh-dyairz; French mee-noh-dyer] /ˌmi noʊˈdyɛərz; French mi noʊˈdyɛr/ (Show IPA) 1. a small, sometimes jeweled case for a woman’s cosmetics or other personal objects, often carried as a handbag.
[mins] /mɪns/ verb (used with object), minced, mincing. 1. to cut or chop into very small pieces. 2. to soften, moderate, or weaken (one’s words), especially for the sake of decorum or courtesy. 3. to perform or utter with affected elegance. 4. to subdivide minutely, as land or a topic for study. verb (used without […]
[mins-meet] /ˈmɪnsˌmit/ noun 1. a mixture composed of apples, suet, and sometimes , together with raisins, currants, candied citron, etc., for filling a pie. 2. anything cut up very small, especially . Idioms 3. make mincemeat of, to destroy utterly: He made mincemeat of his opponent’s charges. /ˈmɪnsˌmiːt/ noun 1. a mixture of dried fruit, […]
- Mince words
verb phrase to restrain oneself in conversation to avoid offense