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mew1

[myoo] /myu/
noun
1.
the tiny, high-pitched sound a cat or kitten makes.
2.
the characteristic sound a gull makes.
verb (used without object)
3.
to make a mew or emit a similar sound.
Origin of mew1
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English meuen; imitative
Can be confused
mews, muse.

mew3

[myoo] /myu/
noun
1.
a cage for hawks, especially while molting.
2.
a pen in which poultry is fattened.
3.
a place of retirement or concealment.
4.
mews, (usually used with a singular verb) Chiefly British.
  1. (formerly) an area of stables built around a small street.
  2. a street having small apartments converted from such stables.
verb (used with object)
5.
Archaic. to shut up in or as in a mew; confine; conceal (often followed by up).
Origin
1325-75; Middle English mue < Middle French, akin to muer to molt. See mew4

mew4

[myoo] /myu/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to shed (feathers); to molt.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English mewen < Old French muer to molt < Latin mūtāre to change
Related forms
mewer, noun
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Examples from the Web for mewed
Historical Examples
  • How precious lonesome you must be, mewed up in the house all the time.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • He scarcely touched it, yet the baby stirred and mewed faintly.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • I wouldn't want to be mewed up in that room with the old man every night.

    The Cash Boy Horatio Alger Jr.
  • Then she mewed once more; but that was her last expression of doubt or dread.

    Cat and Dog

    Julia Charlotte Maitland
  • After which he mewed like a cat, and relapsed into silent meditation once more.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • "You are sacrificing the lives of all of us," mewed the Cat.

    The Blue Bird for Children Georgette Leblanc
  • I have been mewed up in the house almost ever since Sharley and all of them went away.'

    My New Home Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • “I don't want to be mewed up here,” she cried discontentedly.

  • “I heard about that; it was very good of you,” mewed Mrs. Purr.

  • Now he mewed at her from the hedge in front of the farmhouse.

    The Tale of Miss Kitty Cat Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for mewed

mew1

/mjuː/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (esp of a cat) to make a characteristic high-pitched cry
noun
2.
such a sound
Word Origin
C14: imitative

mew2

/mjuː/
noun
1.
any seagull, esp the common gull, Larus canus Also called mew gull, sea mew
Word Origin
Old English mǣw; compare Old Saxon mēu, Middle Dutch mēwe

mew3

/mjuː/
noun
1.
a room or cage for hawks, esp while moulting
verb
2.
(transitive) often foll by up. to confine (hawks or falcons) in a shelter, cage, etc, usually by tethering them to a perch
3.
to confine, conceal
Word Origin
C14: from Old French mue, from muer to moult, from Latin mūtāre to change

mew4

/mjuː/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (of hawks or falcons) to moult
2.
(transitive) (obsolete) to shed (one's covering, clothes, etc)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French muer to moult, from Latin mūtāre to change
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Word Origin and History for mewed

mew

v.

"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.

mew

n.1

"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.

mew

n.2

"cage," c.1300, from Old French mue "cage for hawks, especially when molting," from muer "to molt," from Latin mutare "to change" (see mutable).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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