Minnow definition

mĭnō
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Any very small fish.
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A small freshwater fish of the carp family.
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More generally, any small fish.
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(soccer) A low-level team, in comparison to their opponents.
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(fishing) To fish minnows.
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(fishing) To fish (especially trout) using a minnow as bait.
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Any of a large group of small freshwater fishes of the family Cyprinidae, widely used as live bait.
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Any of various other small, often silver-colored fishes.
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Any of various, usually small, freshwater cyprinoid fishes used commonly as bait.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
minnow
Plural:
minnows

Origin of minnow

  • Middle English meneu men-4 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English menow, from Old English *mynwe, oblique form of *mynu, unattested variant of Old English myne (“minnow, small fish"), from Proto-Germanic *muniwō (“minnow"), from Proto-Indo-European *men- (“small"). Cognate with Middle Low German mone, möne (West Frisian meun, Dutch meun), Old High German muniwa, munuwa, munewa (German Münne (“minnow")).

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