- The definition of mew is the sound a cat makes.
An example of a mew is what a cat would say to be let inside of a house.
- Mew is defined as a cage for a hawk or a hiding place.
An example of a mew is where a hawk would go to shed its feathers.
- Mew means to confine.
An example of mew is a rabbit being held in a cage.
mew definition by Webster's New World
- a cage, as for hawks while molting
- a secret place or den
- Obsolete a place of confinement
Origin: Middle English mewe ; from Old French mue ; from muer, to change, molt ; from Classical Latin mutare, to change: see mutate
Origin: < mewtheto confine in or as in a cage; shut up or conceal: often with up
Origin: ME mewen < OFr muerArchaic to shed or change (feathers); molt
Origin: Middle English mewe ; from Old English mæw, akin to German möwe (; from LowG): echoic of its cry, as in Indo-European echoic base an unverified form mu- from source mope
mew definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A cage for hawks, especially when molting.
- A secret place; a hideaway.
- mews (used with a sing. or pl. verb)a. A group of buildings originally containing private stables, often converted into residential apartments.b. A small street, alley, or courtyard on which such buildings stand.
Origin: Middle English meue, from Old French mue, from muer, to molt, from Latin mūtāre, to change; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
intransitive verb mewed, mew·ing, mews
Origin: Middle English meuen, of imitative origin.
Origin: Middle English meue, from Old English mǣw, mēu.