mew, mew gull, sea mew, Larus canus

(noun) the common gull of Eurasia and northeastern North America

meow, mew, miaou, miaow, miaul

(noun) the sound made by a cat (or any sound resembling this)

meow, mew

(verb) cry like a cat; “the cat meowed”


(verb) utter a high-pitched cry, as of seagulls

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


mew (plural mews)

(archaic, poetic) A gull, seagull.

Etymology 2


mew (plural mews)

(obsolete) A prison, or other place of confinement.

(obsolete) A hiding place; a secret store or den.

(obsolete) A breeding-cage for birds.

(falconry) A cage for hawks, especially while moulting.

(falconry, in the plural) A building or set of buildings where moulting birds are kept.


mew (third-person singular simple present mews, present participle mewing, simple past and past participle mewed)

(archaic) To shut away, confine, lock up.

(of a bird) To moult.

(of a bird, obsolete) To cause to moult.

(of a deer, obsolete) To shed antlers.

Etymology 3


mew (plural mews)

The crying sound of a cat; a meow, especially of a kitten.

The crying sound of a gull.

(obsolete) An exclamation of disapproval; a boo.


mew (third-person singular simple present mews, present participle mewing, simple past and past participle mewed)

(of a cat, especially of a kitten) To meow.



A cat's (especially a kitten's) cry.

A gull's cry.

(archaic) An exclamation of disapproval; boo.

Etymology 4


mew (third-person singular simple present mews, present participle mewing, simple past and past participle mewed)

(slang, neologism) To flatten the tongue against the roof of the mouth for supposed health benefits.


• MWE, Wem, wem

Proper noun


A surname.


• MWE, Wem, wem

Source: Wiktionary

Mew, n. Etym: [AS. m, akin to D. meeuw, G. möwe, OHG. m, Icel. mar.] (Zoöl.)

Definition: A gull, esp. the common British species (Larus canus); called also sea mew, maa, mar, mow, and cobb.

Mew, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mewed; p. pr. & vb. n. Mewing.] Etym: [OE. muen, F. muer, fr. L. mutare to change, fr. movere to move. See Move, and cf. Mew a cage, Molt.]

Definition: To shed or cast; to change; to molt; as, the hawk mewed his feathers. Nine times the moon had mewed her horns. Dryden.

Mew, v. i.

Definition: To cast the feathers; to molt; hence, to change; to put on a new appearance. Now everything doth mew, And shifts his rustic winter robe. Turbervile.

Mew, n. Etym: [OE. mue, F. mue change of feathers, scales, skin, the time or place when the change occurs, fr. muer to molt, mew, L. mutare to change. See 2d Mew.]

1. A cage for hawks while mewing; a coop for fattening fowls; hence, any inclosure; a place of confinement or shelter; -- in the latter sense usually in the plural. Full many a fat partrich had he in mewe. Chaucer. Forthcoming from her darksome mew. Spenser. Violets in their secret mews. Wordsworth.

2. A stable or range of stables for horses; -- compound used in the plural, and so called from the royal stables in London, built on the site of the king's mews for hawks.

Mew, v. t. Etym: [From Mew a cage.]

Definition: To shut up; to inclose; to confine, as in a cage or other inclosure. More pity that the eagle should be mewed. Shak. Close mewed in their sedans, for fear of air. Dryden.

Mew, v. i. Etym: [Of imitative origin; cf. G. miauen.]

Definition: To cry as a cat. [Written also meaw, meow.] Shak.

Mew, n.

Definition: The common cry of a cat. Shak.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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