Definition of minnow
1a : a small cyprinid, killifish, or topminnowb : 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
With 2016 sales of 2.8 billion pounds ($3.6 billion), Burberry is about the size of Prada but half as big as Ralph Lauren and a minnow when compared with French groups Kering and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE.
His anglers have been using his AZ Jungle Jigs on conventional tackle and fly fishing with Clouser minnows.
This forces these hungry fish to turn to other less abundant forage such as bug hatches, crayfish, minnows and young panfish.
Because streets and lawns were so deeply flooded last week, river water swept in carp and minnows.
Minnows doing button-hooks beneath a ribbon of urban drool.
Outlook: Cody’s Guide Service reports: Hybrids good on spoons and Sassy Shads; crappies good on jigs and minnows; catfish good on cut shad and live bait on jug lines.
The lake is at its full level and fair numbers of small rainbows and brown trout are being caught on spinners and minnows.
Crappie are found in Whiskey Slough with small to medium minnows.
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Origin and Etymology of minnow
Middle English menawe; akin to Old English myne minnow, Old High German munewa, a kind of fish
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
MINNOW Defined for English Language Learners
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
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
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