- a small, European cyprinoid fish, Phoxinus phoxinus.
- any other fish of the family Cyprinidae, including the carps, goldfishes, and daces.
- any of various unrelated, small fishes.
- a person or thing that is comparatively small or insignificant.
Origin of minnow
Examples from the Web for minnow
"They are using a whale to catch a minnow," said defense attorney Charles Swift.
“They are using a whale to catch a minnow,” said defense attorney Charles Swift.
I always treat a minnow as Izaak Walton spoke of a frog, "as if I loved him."Black Bass
Charles Barker Bradford
The Editor says that one was a minnow and that the rest were sticklebacks.The Book of the Damned
The little loop was still on the fragment of minnow tackle which fastened it to the cast.Angling Sketches
The Minnow was meant for short heavy hops to planets or asteroids.Accidental Death
Some of the fishes are as common as the schoolboy's familiar friend, the minnow.
- a small slender European freshwater cyprinid fish, Phoxinus phoxinus
- any other small cyprinid
- angling a spinning lure imitating a minnow
- a small or insignificant person
Word Origin and History for minnow
small freshwater fish, early 15c., probably related to Old English myne, earlier *mynwe, a name for some kind of fish, from Proto-Germanic *muniwon (cf. Middle Low German möne, Dutch meun, Old High German muniwa, German Münne), of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE *men- "small." Perhaps influenced in Middle English by French menu "small."