MEW

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”

mew

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

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology 1

Noun

mew (plural mews)

(archaic, poetic) A gull, seagull.

Etymology 2

Noun

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.

Verb

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

Noun

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.

Verb

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.

Interjection

mew

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

A gull's cry.

(archaic) An exclamation of disapproval; boo.

Etymology 4

Verb

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.

Anagrams

• MWE, Wem, wem

Proper noun

Mew

A surname.

Anagrams

• 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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