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 (mĭn′ĭ-kĭn) Archaic
A very small delicate creature.
1. Very small.
2. Trivial; petty.

[Obsolete Dutch minneken, darling, from Middle Dutch, diminutive of minne, love; see men- in Indo-European roots.]
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a small, dainty, or affected person or thing
dainty, prim, or affected
[C16: from Dutch minneken, diminutive of minne love]
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Castleford have centre Greg Minikin back from injury while loose forward Adam Milner is set to return in place of Chris Clarkson.
KNIGHTS' performance squad: A Foster, M McMeeken, G Minikin (all Castleford), M Whitley (Catalans Dragons), M English, K Leeming, D McIntosh, O Wilson (all Huddersfield), C Atkin, R Mulhern (both Hull KR), J Bowden, M Matongo (both Hull FC), A Handley, H Newman, M Oledzki, C Smith, L Sutcliffe, J Walker (all Leeds), J Abdull, R Butler (both London Broncos), N Evalds, J Jones (both Salford), J Ashworth, M Lees, D Richardson (all St Helens), J Batchelor (Wakefield), T King, T Lineham, D Patton, H Livett, J Philbin, D Walker (all Warrington), J Bullock, T Davies, J Greenwood, L Marshall, D Manfredi, S Powell (all Wigan).
Jordan Rankin scored a remarkable try after the hooter to add to touch downs from Dan Smith and Greg Minikin.
However, referee Nigel Davies was playing an advantage and Lewis Minikin scored the penalty to make it 7-3 at the break.
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Top weight over the three days was taken by Andy Nelson with 224lb 1oz, ahead of Lee Hellawell with 214lb 8oz and Rob Minikin with 169lb 2ozs.
The home side were ahead by the break with Greg Minikin providing a smart finish out wide and Jake Webster scything through just before the hooter.
CASTLEFORD: Tries: Minikin, Webster, McMeeken, Shenton (2) Goals: Gale (4) HULL FC: Tries: Sneyd, Faraimo, Paea Goals: Sneyd (3) ATT: 9,365
The visitors are set to recall Greg Minikin and Andy Lynch after they were rested last time out, while Wakey will field the same team that defeated the Wolves minus the suspended Reece Lyne.
Castleford are setting a hot pace, having scored more points and conceded fewer than any of their rivals, and winger Greg Minikin says coach Powell will ensure there is no complacency as they look to complete the job.
HULL IONIANS: Laverick, Thomson, Stout, Cotterill, Oliver, Poole, Cowen, MacDonald, Green, Millar, Tai, Wright, Minikin, Wilson, Lound.
After an exchange of penalties between Lewis Minikin and Lee Chapman, Minikin converted a try by brother Noel to give Harrogate the lead.