[ yoo; Dialect yoh ]
/ yu; Dialect yoʊ /


a female sheep, especially when fully mature.

Origin of ewe

before 1000; Middle English; Old English ēowu, ēwe; cognate with Old High German ou, ouwi, Dutch ooi, Latin ovis, Greek óïs, oîs, Sanskrit ávi

Can be confused

ewe yew you (see usage note at you)

Definition for ewes (2 of 2)


[ ey-vey, ey-wey ]
/ ˈeɪ veɪ, ˈeɪ weɪ /


a member of a people of Togo and Ghana, in western Africa.
the Kwa language spoken by the Ewe people.

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British Dictionary definitions for ewes (1 of 2)


/ (ˈɛwɛ) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for ewes (2 of 2)


/ (juː) /


  1. a female sheep
  2. (as modifier)a ewe lamb

Word Origin for ewe

Old English ēowu; related to Old Norse ǣr ewe, Old High German ou, Latin ovis sheep, Sanskrit avi
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