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
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.
Alaves, the minnow Basque Country club promoted to Spain's top flight this season after 10 years in the lower divisions, was playing in the final of a major tournament for only the second time in its 96-year history.
Crappie continue to bite on deep woody cover and the river channel edges, with most caught by anglers spider-rigging live minnows just off bottom.
Authorities in Arizona are stepping up a program to put mosquito-gobbling minnows into the stagnant pools of foreclosed or abandoned homes to prevent an outbreak of West Nile virus.
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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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