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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)).



minnow ‎(plural minnows)

  1. A small freshwater fish of the carp family.
  2. More generally, any small fish.
  3. (soccer) A low-level team, in comparison to their opponents.
    • 2011 January 29, Chris Bevan, “Torquay 0 - 1 Crawley Town”, BBC:
      Having spent more than £500,000 on players last summer, Crawley can hardly be classed as minnows but they have still punched way above their weight and this kind of performance means no-one will relish pulling them out of the hat in Sunday's draw.


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minnow ‎(third-person singular simple present minnows, present participle minnowing, simple past and past participle minnowed)

  1. (fishing) to fish minnows
  2. (fishing) to fish (especially trout) using a minnow as bait

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