Other Word Forms
Origin of maw
- Middle English mawe from Old English maga
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English mawe, from Old English maga (“stomach, maw"), from Proto-Germanic *magô (“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 мошна (moÅ¡ná, “pocket, bag"), Lithuanian mãkas (“purse").
- By shortening of mother
- See mew (“a gull").