- the tiny, high-pitched sound a cat or kitten makes.
- the characteristic sound a gull makes.
- to make a mew or emit a similar sound.
Origin of mew1
- a cage for hawks, especially while molting.
- a pen in which poultry is fattened.
- a place of retirement or concealment.
- mews, (usually used with a singular verb) Chiefly British.
- (formerly) an area of stables built around a small street.
- a street having small apartments converted from such stables.
- Archaic. to shut up in or as in a mew; confine; conceal (often followed by up).
Origin of mew3
- to shed (feathers); to molt.
Origin of mew4
Examples from the Web for mewing
There seems to be a playful allusion in these words to mewian and cath, the mewing of a cat.Y Gododin
Mewing is for the most part only shouting without saying any words.The Five Jars
Montague Rhodes James
I know all the tabbies in the town have been mewing about us.The Rough Road
William John Locke
There was no sound but the purr of machinery and the mewing of gulls in the distance.Mistress Anne
She was seen going about mewing disconsolately for her young ones.Stories of Animal Sagacity
- (intr) (esp of a cat) to make a characteristic high-pitched cry
- such a sound
- any seagull, esp the common gull, Larus canusAlso called: mew gull, sea mew
- a room or cage for hawks, esp while moulting
- (tr often foll by up) to confine (hawks or falcons) in a shelter, cage, etc, usually by tethering them to a perch
- to confine, conceal
- (intr) (of hawks or falcons) to moult
- (tr) obsolete to shed (one's covering, clothes, etc)
Word Origin and History for mewing
"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).