Origin of eweMiddle English ewe from Old English eowu, feminine of eow, sheep, akin to German dialect, dialectal aue, a ewe from Indo-European base an unverified form owi-s, sheep, Classical Latin ovis
A ewe with her lambs.
An example of ewe is a pregnant sheep.
nounpl. E′wes· or E′we·
- a member of a people of Togo and parts of Ghana and Benin
- the Kwa language of this people
Origin of eweMiddle English from Old English ēwe, ēowu ; see owi- in Indo-European roots.
nounpl. Ewe, or E·wes
- A member of a people inhabiting southeast Ghana, southern Togo, and southern Benin.
- The Gbe language of the Ewe people.
From Middle English, from Old English ēowu, from Proto-Germanic *awjōs, oblique form of *awiz (compare Old English eow ‘sheep’, West Frisian ei, Dutch ooi, German Aue), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ówis ‘sheep’ (compare Old Irish oí, Latin ovis, Tocharian B ā(u)w, Lithuanian avìs ‘ewe’).
- Of or pertaining to the Ewe people or language.
- The ewe had more than she could feed.
- Among the Ewe a man who kills one is liable to be put to death; no leopard skin may be exposed to view, but a stuffed leopard is worshipped.
- Two lambs followed their mother as the ewe leaped from one ledge to another.
- The Ewe-speaking natives of the West Coast.
- For the serpent, see Ellis, Ewe-speaking Peoples, p. 54; Internat.