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.
Other definitions for mew (2 of 4)
a small gull, Larus canus, of Eurasia and northwestern North America.
- Also called mew gull .
Other definitions for mew (3 of 4)
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).
- mews , muse
Other definitions for mew (4 of 4)
to shed (feathers); molt.
- mewer, noun
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How to use mew in a sentence
A dog would bark; a kitten would mew; a parrot would say "Pardon!"The Nursery, December 1881, Vol. XXX | Various
He brushed around Von Rosen out in the kitchen, and mewed a little, delicate, highbred mew.The Butterfly House | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
mew-hew-she-kaw, the White Cloud; first Chief of the nation.
How they would mew over my delinquencies, and what scratches I should get from their velvet-shod claws!The Man Between | Amelia E. Barr
The Black Cat gave vent to a single mew,—a most unnatural sound for a mouser,—it seemed as it were mewed through a cow's horn!Bentley's Miscellany, Volume II | Various
British Dictionary definitions for mew (1 of 4)
(intr) (esp of a cat) to make a characteristic high-pitched cry
such a sound
British Dictionary definitions for mew (2 of 4)
any seagull, esp the common gull, Larus canus: Also called: mew gull, sea mew
British Dictionary definitions for mew (3 of 4)
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
British Dictionary definitions for mew (4 of 4)
(intr) (of hawks or falcons) to moult
(tr) obsolete to shed (one's covering, clothes, etc)
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