from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic A very small delicate creature.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A young person, especially a young woman.
- n. A small or insignificant person, thing or amount.
- adj. Diminutive or miniature.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A little darling; a favorite; a minion.
- n. A little pin.
- adj. Small; diminutive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine mincing lass.
- n. A pin of the smallest sort. Also called minifer-pin. Halliwell.
- n. The second size of splints used in making matches.
- n. A small sort of gut-string formerly used in the lute and viol, and various other stringed instruments: it was properly the treble string of a lute or fiddle.
- Small; fine; delicate; dainty.
Obsolete Dutch minneken, darling, from Middle Dutch, diminutive of minne, love; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)