|Origin:||'less', from minor 'smaller'|
used to show that one number or quantity is being subtracted from another [≠ plus]:
17 minus 5 is 12 (17 - 5 = 12).
The payment will be refunded to you minus a small service charge.
without something that would normally be there, or that used to be there:
He came back minus a couple of front teeth.