Minnow

  • 1 minnow — UK US /ˈmɪnəʊ/ noun [C] INFORMAL ► a person or organization that is not important and has little influence or power: »The company is a minnow in the motor racing world …

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  • 2 minnow — ► NOUN 1) a small freshwater fish of the carp family. 2) a small or unimportant person. ORIGIN probably from Old English, influenced by Old French menu small, minnow …

    English terms dictionary

  • 3 minnow — [min′ē] n. pl. minnies [min′ō] n. minnows or minnow [ME menow < or akin to OE myne, akin to OHG muniwa, prob. < IE base * meni , a kind of fish > Gr mainē, Russ men , eelpout] 1. any of various, usually small, freshwater cyprinoid fishes …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Minnow — Min now, n. [OE. menow, cf. AS. myne; also OE. menuse, OF. menuise small fish; akin to E. minish, minute.] [Written also {minow}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A small European fresh water cyprinoid fish ({Phoxinus l[ae]vis}, formerly {Leuciscus… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 minnow — (n.) small freshwater fish, early 15c., probably related to O.E. myne, earlier *mynwe, a name for some kind of fish, from P.Gmc. *muniwon (Cf. M.L.G. möne, Du. meun, O.H.G. muniwa, Ger. Münne), of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE *men small.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 minnow — /min oh/, n., pl. (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) minnows, (esp. collectively, Rare) minnow for 1, 2, 3. 1. a small, European cyprinoid fish, Phoxinus phoxinus. 2. any other fish of the family Cyprinidae, including the carps,… …

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  • 7 Minnow — For the boat in Gilligan s Island, see S.S. Minnow. For the rugby team, see Mighty Minnows. Bluntnose minnow Minnow is a general term used to refer to small freshwater and saltwater fish, especially those used as bait fish or for fishing bait.… …

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  • 8 minnow — noun (plural minnows; also minnow) Etymology: Middle English menawe; akin to Old English myne minnow, Old High German munewa, a kind of fish Date: 15th century 1. a. a small cyprinid, killifish, or topminnow b. any of various small fish that are… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 minnow — Killifish Kil li*fish , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several small American cyprinodont fishes of the genus {Fundulus} and allied genera. They live equally well in fresh and brackish water, or even in the sea. They are usually striped or barred with… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 10 minnow — noun 1》 a small freshwater fish of the carp family, which typically forms large shoals. [Phoxinus phoxinus.]     ↘used in names of similar fishes, e.g. mudminnow.     ↘Fishing an artificial lure imitating a minnow. 2》 a small or unimportant… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 11 minnow — UK [ˈmɪnəʊ] / US [ˈmɪnoʊ] noun [countable] Word forms minnow : singular minnow plural minnows 1) a small fish that lives in rivers and lakes 2) informal an unimportant person or organization …

    English dictionary

  • 12 minnow — paprastoji rainė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Phoxinus phoxinus angl. common minnow; minnow rus. гольян красавка; обыкновенный гольян ryšiai: platesnis terminas – rainės …

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  • 13 minnow — Mummichog Mum mi*chog, n. [Amer. Indian name.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of small American cyprinodont fishes of the genus {Fundulus}, and of allied genera; the killifishes; called also {minnow}. [Written also {mummychog}, {mummachog} …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 14 minnow — 1) a member of the family Cyprinidae or of some Cyprinodontidae 2) any small or young fish 3) any small non game fish 4) the cyprinid Phoxinus phoxinus 4) anything small or insignificant 5) the underdog in a sporting contest 6) in angling, a long …

    Dictionary of ichthyology

  • 15 minnow — 1. noun /ˈmɪnəʊ/ a) A small freshwater fish of the carp family. b) More generally, any small fish. 2. verb /ˈmɪnəʊ/ a) to fish minnows b) to fish ( …

    Wiktionary

  • 16 minnow — [[t]mɪ̱noʊ[/t]] minnows N COUNT A minnow is a very small fish that lives in lakes and rivers …

    English dictionary

  • 17 minnow — /ˈmɪnoʊ / (say minoh) noun (plural minnows or minnow) 1. a small European cyprinid fish, Phoxinus phoxinus. 2. any of various other small silvery fishes. 3. US any small fish of the family Cyprinidae, excluding large species such as the carp. 4.… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 minnow — min|now [ˈmınəu US nou] n [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Probably from an unrecorded Old English mynwe] 1.) a very small fish that lives in rivers and lakes 2.) an organization or company that is small and unimportant ▪ one of the minnows of the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 minnow — min|now [ mınou ] noun count 1. ) a small fish that lives in rivers and lakes 2. ) INFORMAL an unimportant person or organization …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 minnow — min·now || mɪnəʊ n. small freshwater fish from the Cyprinidae family; someone or something that is considered insignificant …

    English contemporary dictionary