Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[top-min-oh] /ˈtɒpˌmɪn oʊ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) topminnow (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) topminnows.
any of several small, surface-swimming fishes of the egg-laying family Cyprinodontidae and the live-bearing family Poeciliidae, some of which are used in mosquito control.
Origin of topminnow
1880-85, Americanism; top1 + minnow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for topminnow


noun (pl) -now, -nows
any of various small American freshwater cyprinodont fishes that are either viviparous (genera Heterandria, Gambusia, etc) or egg-laying (genus Fundulus)
Word Origin
from top1 + minnow; so called because they are small and swim near the surface of the water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for topminnow

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for topminnow

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for topminnow