Definition of minenwerfer in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmiːnənˌvɛːfə/ /ˈmiːnənˌwəːfə/


historical Military
  • A kind of trench mortar first used by German forces in the First World War (1914–18); (also, occasionally) the projectile fired by this mortar. Compare mine-thrower , Minnie .


Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Times. From German Minenwerfer from Minen-, combining form of Mine + Werfer thrower, mortar (from werfen to throw + -er).