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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Minȝard, Mignard(e, a. Also: minȝearde, miniard. [e.m.E. migniard (Cotgrave, 1611), F. mignard (1418 in Hatz.-Darm.), related to minȝot Minȝeot.] a. Dainty, pretty. b. Mincing, affected, effeminate.a. 1609 Garden Garden 63.
Thrie minȝard maids, all wonderfullie fair
Urquhart Rabelais (1664) 250.b. 1581-1623 James VI Poems I. 23/71.
Frenchmen … Whose mignarde writts but … fayned teares and shameles tales retaine
Id. Basil. Doron 168/5.
In … youre meate eating be nather unciuill … nor affectatlie mignarde lyke a dentie dame
Ib. 179/9. 1622-6 Bisset I. 77/21.
Nor have I used minȝearde nor effeminate … wordis
1629 The Scotish Sovldier 159 in Fugitive Poetry I.
For that softnesse mignard youthes affect
Urquart Jewel in Wks. 294.

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