One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Chiefly poetic. Of a river, stream, etc.: containing minnows, full of minnows.
2Of the nature of or resembling a minnow. Chiefly figurative: small, meagre; of little significance.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Campbell (1777–1844), poet. From minnow + -y.
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