minnow

play
noun min·now \ ˈmi-(ˌ)nō \

Definition of minnow

plural minnows also minnow
1 a :a small cyprinid, killifish, or topminnow
b :any of various small fish that are less than a designated size and are not game fish
2 :a live or artificial minnow used as bait

Recent Examples of minnow from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'minnow.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of minnow

Middle English menawe; akin to Old English myne minnow, Old High German munewa, a kind of fish


MINNOW Defined for English Language Learners

minnow

play
noun

Definition of minnow for English Language Learners

  • : a very small fish that is often used as bait to catch larger fish


MINNOW Defined for Kids

minnow

play
noun min·now \ ˈmi-nō \

Definition of minnow for Students

1 :a small freshwater fish (as a shiner) related to the carp
2 :a fish that looks like a true minnow


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up minnow? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

all at once

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized-drawing-of-woman-pole-vaulting-across-gap-to-get-trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!