from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a large group of small freshwater fishes of the family Cyprinidae, widely used as live bait.
- n. Any of various other small, often silver-colored fishes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small freshwater fish of the carp family.
- n. More generally, any small fish.
- n. A low-level team, in comparison to their opponents.
- v. to fish minnows
- v. to fish (especially trout) using a minnow as bait
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small European fresh-water cyprinoid fish (Phoxinus lævis, formerly Leuciscus phoxinus); sometimes applied also to the young of larger kinds; -- called also minim and minny. The name is also applied to several allied American species, of the genera Phoxinus, Notropis, or Minnilus, and Rhinichthys.
- n. Any of numerous small American cyprinodont fishes of the genus Fundulus, and related genera. They live both in fresh and in salt water. Called also killifish, minny, and mummichog.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The smallest of the British cyprinoid fishes, Phoxinus aphya or lævis.
- n. In the United States, one of many different fishes of small size,
- n. A name sometimes given to a very small fish of New Zealand, Galaxias attenuatus, of the family Galaxidæ. Also called whitebait. The Maori name is inanga.
- n. See leatherside.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. very small European freshwater fish common in gravelly streams
Middle English meneu; see men-4 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English menow, from Old English *mynwe, oblique form of *mynu, unattested variant of Old English myne ("minnow, small fish"), from Proto-Germanic *muniwō (“minnow”), from Proto-Indo-European *men- (“small”). Cognate with Middle Low German mone, möne (West Frisian meun, Dutch meun), Old High German muniwa, munuwa, munewa (German Münne ("minnow")). (Wiktionary)