Definition of minenwerfer in English:

minenwerfer

Pronunciation /ˈmiːnənˌvɛːfə/ /ˈmiːnənˌwəːfə/

noun

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 .

Origin

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).