Mincingly



[min-sing] /ˈmɪn sɪŋ/

adjective
1.
(of the gait, speech, behavior, etc.) affectedly dainty, nice, or elegant.
/ˈmɪnsɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(of a person) affectedly elegant in gait, manner, or speech
adj.

“affectedly dainty,” 1520s, probably originally in reference to speech, when words were “clipped” to affect elegance; or in reference to walking with short steps; present participle adjective from mince (v.).

(Heb. taphoph, Isa. 3:16), taking affectedly short and quick steps. Luther renders the word by “wag” or “waggle,” thus representing “the affected gait of coquettish females.”

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