It was a blood-curdling voice, a sound between the mewing of a cat and the wheezy chokings of a hyena.
I know all the tabbies in the town have been mewing about us.
It reached for Quorl's pile of bones, making the mewing sound with its mouth.
There was no sound but the purr of machinery and the mewing of gulls in the distance.
There are meanings, dimly caught at the time, which remain in the mind like blind creatures, mewing and half alive.
There seems to be a playful allusion in these words to mewian and cath, the mewing of a cat.
And nobody laughed—the situation, full of grey, mewing cats, was too serious for that.
His voice was drowned in a wild burst of mewing and squeaking.
While mewing up Percy, he harried the country with increasing daring.
It was called "Concert Miaulant," from the mewing of the animals.
"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).