Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

mew1

[myoo]
See more synonyms for mew on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. the tiny, high-pitched sound a cat or kitten makes.
  2. the characteristic sound a gull makes.
Show More
verb (used without object)
  1. to make a mew or emit a similar sound.
Show More

Origin of mew1

1275–1325; Middle English meuen; imitative
Can be confusedmews muse

mew3

[myoo]
noun
  1. a cage for hawks, especially while molting.
  2. a pen in which poultry is fattened.
  3. a place of retirement or concealment.
  4. 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.
Show More
verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to shut up in or as in a mew; confine; conceal (often followed by up).
Show More

Origin of mew3

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

mew4

[myoo]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to shed (feathers); to molt.
Show More

Origin of mew4

1325–75; Middle English mewen < Old French muer to molt < Latin mūtāre to change
Related formsmew·er, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for mewed

Historical Examples

  • How precious lonesome you must be, mewed up in the house all the time.

    Paul Prescott's Charge

    Horatio Alger

  • He scarcely touched it, yet the baby stirred and mewed faintly.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • I wouldn't want to be mewed up in that room with the old man every night.

    The Cash Boy

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • Then she mewed once more; but that was her last expression of doubt or dread.

    Cat and Dog

    Julia Charlotte Maitland

  • After which he mewed like a cat, and relapsed into silent meditation once more.

    Jill the Reckless

    P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse


British Dictionary definitions for mewed

mew1

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

Word Origin

C14: imitative

mew2

noun
  1. any seagull, esp the common gull, Larus canusAlso called: mew gull, sea mew
Show More

Word Origin

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

mew3

noun
  1. a room or cage for hawks, esp while moulting
Show More
verb
  1. (tr often foll by up) to confine (hawks or falcons) in a shelter, cage, etc, usually by tethering them to a perch
  2. to confine, conceal
Show More

Word Origin

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

mew4

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

Word Origin

C14: from Old French muer to moult, from Latin mūtāre to change
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mewed

mew

v.

"make a sound like a cat," early 14c., mewen, of imitative origin (cf. German miauen, French miauler, Italian miagolare, Spanish maullar, and see meow). Related: Mewed; mewing. As a noun from 1590s.

Show More

mew

n.1

"seagull," Old English mæw, from Proto-Germanic *maigwis (cf. Old Saxon mew, Frisian meau, Middle Dutch and Middle Low German mewe, Dutch meeuw "gull"), imitative of its cry. Old French moue (Modern French mouette) and Lithuanian mevas are Germanic loan-words.

Show More

mew

n.2

"cage," c.1300, from Old French mue "cage for hawks, especially when molting," from muer "to molt," from Latin mutare "to change" (see mutable).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper