From Middle English menow, from Old English *mynwe, oblique form of *mynu, unattested variant of 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)
- a small freshwater fish of the carp family
- any small fish
- a relatively small and insignificant person or organization
- 2011 January 29, Chris Bevan, “Torquay 0 - 1 Crawley Town”, in 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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