- 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 small gull, Larus canus, of Eurasia and northwestern North America.
Origin of mew2
- 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 mews
His most recent job in London was at the Mews of Mayfair, where the kitchen put out elegant renditions of modern British cooking.Fresh Picks
October 4, 2011
At length as they wandered they came to a part where seemed to be only small houses and mews.Weighed and Wanting
By now the mews had wakened to the fact of the presence of a "toff" in its midst.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
It was the first she had heard of the mews behind Ducie Street.Howards End
E. M. Forster
The delightful Charley mounted again to take the two horses round to the mews.Chance
It was an intense relief to speak to some one who could understand his mews.The Magic World
- a yard or street lined by buildings originally used as stables but now often converted into dwellings
- the buildings around a mews
- informal an individual residence in a mews
- (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 mews
"stables grouped around an open yard," 1630s, from Mewes, name of the royal stables at Charing Cross, built 1534 on the site of the former royal mews (attested from late 14c.), where the king's hawks were kept (see mew (n.2)). Extended by 1805 to "street of former stables converted to human habitations."
"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).