noun, plural (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) min·nows, (especially collectively, Rare) min·now for 1–3.
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.
When the tide comes in he comes close inshore and burrows down into the sand to wait till a minnow floats by.Boy Scouts in Southern Waters|G. Harvey Ralphson
I have only fished myself three or four times, and I am confident I hooked a minnow yesterday.'When a Man's Single|J. M. Barrie
On the other hand, with the horizontal cast the minnow is projected to the desired spot with very little disturbance.Favorite Fish and Fishing|James Alexander Henshall
Near the beach, in shallow water, a boy of twelve and a girl of sixteen were struggling with a minnow net.Green Eyes|Roy J. Snell
I've got a half a mile o' trout line, a minnow hook and a plate full o' vermicelli.Mollie and the Unwiseman Abroad|John Kendrick Bangs
British Dictionary definitions for minnow
noun plural -nows or -now
Word Origin for minnow
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."