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minor

[ mahy-ner ]SEE DEFINITION OF minor
  • adj.insignificant, small
  • nounperson under legal age of maturity

Synonyms for minor

  • inconsequential
  • lesser
  • negligible
  • petty
  • secondary
  • slight
  • trivial
  • unimportant
  • accessory
  • dependent
  • dinky
  • inferior
  • junior
  • light
  • low
  • minus
  • subordinate
  • subsidiary
  • trifling
  • below the mark
  • bush-league
  • casual
  • inconsiderable
  • paltry
  • piddling
  • second-string
  • small-fry
  • small-time
  • smaller
  • tacky
  • two-bit
  • younger
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Antonyms for minor

  • big
  • consequential
  • important
  • major
  • significant
  • superior
  • useful
  • worthwhile
  • chief
  • necessary
  • strong
  • adult
  • greater
  • large
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MINOR

In the matter of minor industries, sericulture holds a first rank.

The same holds good as to minor front or rear displacements.

This man had an infected leg that required some minor surgery.

The man of purpose says no to all lesser calls, all minor opportunities.

He and his friends were approaching Macri, on the coast of Asia Minor.

The great conflicts of the West, and the minor battles had accounted for the others.

It matters not how many of the minor arts the youth acquires.

The minor virtues are not to be despised, even in comparison with the most exalted.

An hour ago a rainstorm would have been a minor catastrophe.

"I dare say Ruggles and I can be depended upon to decide a minor matter like that," he said.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., menour "Franciscan" (see minor (n.)), from Latin minor "less, lesser, smaller, junior," figuratively "inferior, less important," formed as a masculine/feminine form of minus on the mistaken assumption that minus was a neuter comparative, from PIE root *mei- "small" (see minus).

Some English usages are via Old French menor "less, smaller, lower; underage, younger," from Latin minor. Meaning "underage" is from 1570s. Meaning "lesser" in English is from early 15c.; that of "less important" is from 1620s. The musical sense is from 1690s. In the baseball sense, minor league is from 1884; the figurative extension is first recorded 1926.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR MINOR

adolescent

nounperson in puberty, preadulthood
  • juvenile
  • minor
  • stripling
  • sweet sixteen
  • teen
  • teenager
  • teenybopper
  • youngster
  • youth

dependent

adjectiveweak, helpless
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