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mew

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/ myu /
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noun
the tiny, high-pitched sound a cat or kitten makes.
the characteristic sound a gull makes.
verb (used without object)
to make a mew or emit a similar sound.
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Origin of mew

1
First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English meuen; imitative

Other definitions for mew (2 of 4)

mew2
[ myoo ]
/ myu /

noun
a small gull, Larus canus, of Eurasia and northwestern North America.
Also called mew gull .

Origin of mew

2
First recorded in before 900; Middle English; Old English mǣwe; cognate with German Müwe

Other definitions for mew (3 of 4)

mew3
[ myoo ]
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noun
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.
  1. (formerly) an area of stables built around a small street.
  2. a street having small apartments converted from such stables.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to shut up in or as in a mew; confine; conceal (often followed by up).

Origin of mew

3
First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English mue, from Middle French, akin to muer “to molt”; see mew4

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mew

mews , muse

Other definitions for mew (4 of 4)

mew4
[ myoo ]
/ myu /

verb (used with or without object)
to shed (feathers); molt.

Origin of mew

4
First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English mewen, from Old French muer “to molt,” from Latin mūtāre “to change”

OTHER WORDS FROM mew

mewer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mew (1 of 4)

mew1
/ (mjuː) /

verb
(intr) (esp of a cat) to make a characteristic high-pitched cry
noun
such a sound

Word Origin for mew

C14: imitative

British Dictionary definitions for mew (2 of 4)

mew2
/ (mjuː) /

noun
any seagull, esp the common gull, Larus canusAlso called: mew gull, sea mew

Word Origin for mew

Old English mǣw; compare Old Saxon mēu, Middle Dutch mēwe

British Dictionary definitions for mew (3 of 4)

mew3
/ (mjuː) /

noun
a room or cage for hawks, esp while moulting
verb
(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

Word Origin for mew

C14: from Old French mue, from muer to moult, from Latin mūtāre to change

British Dictionary definitions for mew (4 of 4)

mew4
/ (mjuː) /

verb
(intr) (of hawks or falcons) to moult
(tr) obsolete to shed (one's covering, clothes, etc)

Word Origin for mew

C14: from Old French muer to moult, from Latin mūtāre to change
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