- Archaic the stomach or its cavity
- the stomach of an animal; specif., the fourth stomach of a cud-chewing animal
- the throat, gullet, jaws, or oral cavity of a voracious animal
- anything thought of as consuming, devouring, etc. without end
Origin of mawMiddle English mawe ; from Old English maga, akin to German magen, stomach ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mak-, skin, bag from source Welsh megin, bellows
- The mouth, stomach, jaws, or gullet of a voracious animal, especially a carnivore.
- The opening into something felt to be insatiable: “I saw the opening maw of hell” (Herman Melville).
Origin of mawMiddle English mawe, from Old English maga.
From Middle English mawe, from Old English maga (â€œstomach, mawâ€), from Proto-Germanic *magÃ´ (â€œbelly, stomachâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *mak-, *maks- (â€œbag, bellows, bellyâ€). Cognate with West Frisian mage, Low German mage, Dutch maag (â€œstomach, bellyâ€), German Magen (â€œstomachâ€), Danish mave, Swedish mage (â€œstomach, bellyâ€), and also with Welsh megin (â€œbellowsâ€), Russian Ð¼Ð¾ÑˆÐ½Ð° (moÅ¡nÃ¡, â€œpocket, bagâ€), Lithuanian mÃ£kas (â€œpurseâ€).
- (dialect, colloquial) Mother.
By shortening of mother
- A gull.
See mew (â€œa gullâ€).