mew

1
[myoo]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. meursault,
  2. meurthe-et-moselle,
  3. meuse,
  4. mev,
  5. mevrou,
  6. mewar,
  7. mewl,
  8. mews,
  9. mex,
  10. mex.

Origin of mew

1
1275–1325; Middle English meuen; imitative

Can be confusedmews muse

mew

3
[myoo]

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
1325–75; Middle English mue < Middle French, akin to muer to molt. See mew4

mew

4
[myoo]

verb (used with or without object)

to shed (feathers); to molt.

Origin of mew

4
1325–75; Middle English mewen < Old French muer to molt < Latin mūtāre to change

Related formsmew·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for mewed

mew

1

verb

(intr) (esp of a cat) to make a characteristic high-pitched cry

noun

such a sound

Word Origin for mew

C14: imitative

mew

2

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

mew

3

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

mew

4

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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