So Nelly opened the door, and Bobbin rushed up the front stairs, and began to mew loudly at the top.
The Persian's mew was rather feebler that day, because she had a cold.
She did not seem in the least afraid until I was in the water, and then she began to mew.
“mew,” said the cat, as he sprang softly into the room; but the prince did not heed him.
He can squeak just like a mouse, or mew like a cat, or chirp like a bird.
“mew,” again said the cat; but again the prince did not heed him.
"mew," said the cat the third time, and he jumped up on the prince's knee.
"mew," said the cat, as he sprang softly into the room; but the prince did not heed him.
Now he heard the mew's cry and understood that she had swam out from shore.
He can mew like a cat, and it is for this reason that he is called “Catbird.”
"make a sound like a cat," early 14c., mewen, of imitative origin (cf. German miauen, French miauler, Italian miagolare, Spanish maullar, and see meow). Related: Mewed; mewing. As a noun from 1590s.
"seagull," Old English mæw, from Proto-Germanic *maigwis (cf. Old Saxon mew, Frisian meau, Middle Dutch and Middle Low German mewe, Dutch meeuw "gull"), imitative of its cry. Old French moue (Modern French mouette) and Lithuanian mevas are Germanic loan-words.
"cage," c.1300, from Old French mue "cage for hawks, especially when molting," from muer "to molt," from Latin mutare "to change" (see mutable).