min·​now | \ ˈmi-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce minnow (audio) \
plural minnows also minnow

Definition of minnow

1a : 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

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From Weiss Lake, guide Mark Collins reports some crappie action on the deep channel edges at 12 to 16 feet on live minnows, but says cooler weather is needed to turn that bite back on. Frank Sargeant, al.com, "Friday Fishing Report: Cooler temperatures help anglers," 7 June 2019 Crappie fishing is fair on the channel edges—live minnows a few feet off bottom are the best bet; www.markcollinsguideservice.com. Frank Sargeant, al.com, "Friday Fishing Report: Get latest reports on what’s biting," 14 June 2019 That total includes about 645 game fish, such as bass or sunfish, and a large number of small, non-game fish, such as shiners and minnows and the slackwater darters. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al.com, "Thousands of fish killed after sewage spill in Athens," 5 June 2019 Some are also being caught by spider-rigging live minnows along the channel edges. Joe Songer, AL.com, "What have you seen on your game or trail camera?," 6 Feb. 2018 Predators will be drawn to the minnows in the glass traps and strike baits offered beside. C.j. Chivers, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Man Glassblowing These Gorgeous Retro Fishing Lures," 26 Apr. 2016 The Swedish minnows are one of the surprise packages in Europe this season, led by little-known English manager Graham Potter and managed to advance to the knockout stages from a group containing Athletic Bilbao, Hertha Berlin and Galatasaray. SI.com, "Arsene Wenger Criticises UEFA Ruling Which Sees Star Striker Aubameyang Cup-Tied in Europa League," 15 Feb. 2018 Compare this to the scenes witnessed in Nice in 2016, as an England team infamously lost 2-1 to the footballing minnows of Iceland at the quarter-final stage of the European Championship. SI.com, "England United: How Gareth Southgate's Young Lions Have Brought a Country Together," 11 July 2018 The marina will not have minnows for another 2-3 weeks. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: Looking for hot spots? Here's where the fish are biting | The Kansas City Star," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of minnow

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for minnow

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

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English Language Learners Definition of minnow

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


min·​now | \ ˈmi-nō How to pronounce minnow (audio) \

Kids Definition of minnow

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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