- 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 (“stomach, maw"), from Proto-Germanic *magÃ´ (“belly, stomach"), from Proto-Indo-European *mak-, *maks- (“bag, bellows, belly"). Cognate with West Frisian mage, Low German mage, Dutch maag (“stomach, belly"), German Magen (“stomach"), Danish mave, Swedish mage (“stomach, belly"), and also with Welsh megin (“bellows"), Russian Ð¼Ð¾ÑˆÐ½Ð° (moÅ¡nÃ¡, “pocket, bag"), Lithuanian mÃ£kas (“purse").
- (dialect, colloquial) Mother.
By shortening of mother
- A gull.
See mew (“a gull").