- a female sheep, especially when fully mature.
Origin of ewe
- a member of a people of Togo and Ghana, in western Africa.
- the Kwa language spoken by the Ewe people.
Examples from the Web for ewe
He brought not just Ewe to English, but a tribal embrace to the angst-ridden homeland of Billy Joel.
Her name, The New York Times noted, means “the human being is more precious than gold” in Ewe.
But now Austin had come and swooped off with his one ewe lamb.Viviette
William J. Locke
A ewe emitted her one doleful note; another gave hers, sadly.The Wrong Woman
Charles D. Stewart
Let a ewe from another fold come in and they will scent her quick as lightning.The Story of Wool
Sara Ware Bassett
If you saw a ewe robbed of her lamb, would you laugh, you brute?Roundabout Papers
William Makepeace Thackeray
As he did so, the others heard him ewe utterance to a cry of astonishment.Motor Boat Boys Mississippi Cruise
- a female sheep
- (as modifier)a ewe lamb
- plural Ewe or Ewes a member of a Negroid people of W Africa living chiefly in the forests of E Ghana, Togo, and Benin
- the language of this people, belonging to the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo family
Word Origin and History for ewe
Old English eowu, fem. of eow "sheep," from Proto-Germanic *awi, genitive *awjoz (cf. Old Saxon ewi, Old Frisian ei, Middle Dutch ooge, Dutch ooi, Old High German ouwi "sheep," Gothic aweþi "flock of sheep"), from PIE *owi- (cf. Sanskrit avih, Greek ois, Latin ovis, Lithuanian avis "sheep," Old Church Slavonic ovica "ewe," Old Irish oi "sheep," Welsh ewig "hind").