Mew definition

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A group of buildings originally containing private stables, often converted into residential apartments.
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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.

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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.

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A secret place or den.
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Mew means to confine.

An example of mew is a rabbit being held in a cage.

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A cage for hawks, especially when molting.
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A secret place; a hideaway.
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A small street, alley, or courtyard on which such buildings stand.
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To confine in or as if in a cage.
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To molt. Used of a hawk.
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To make a high-pitched, crying sound, as that of a cat.
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A high-pitching crying sound, especially that of a cat.
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A migratory gull (Larus canus) that breeds in northern Eurasia and northwest North America.
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A cage, as for hawks while molting.
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(obs.) A place of confinement.
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To confine in or as in a cage; shut up or conceal.
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(archaic) To shed or change (feathers); molt.
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(archaic) To molt.
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The characteristic vocal sound made by a cat.
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To make this sound.
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A gull; esp., the common gull (Larus canus) of Eurasia and NW North America.
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(obsolete) A gull, seagull.
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(falconry) A cage for hawks, especially while moulting.
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(falconry, in the plural) A building or set of buildings where moulting birds are kept.
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Shakespeare.

More pity that the eagle should be mewed.

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Dryden.

Close mewed in their sedans, for fear of air.

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(of a bird) To moult.

The hawk mewed his feathers.

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The crying sound of a cat; a meow.
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(of a cat) To meow.
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A cat's cry.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mew
Plural:
mews

Origin of mew

  • Middle English meue from Old French mue from muer to molt from Latin mūtāre to change mei-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English meue from Old English mǣw, mēu

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English meuen of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English mewe, from Old English mÇ£w, from Proto-Germanic *maihwaz, *maiwaz (“seagull") (compare West Frisian meau, mieu, Dutch meeuw, German Möwe), from *maiwijanÄ… 'to shout, mew' (compare Middle English mawen 'to shout, mew', Middle Dutch mauwen, Middle High German māwen); akin to Latvian maût 'to roar', Old Church Slavonic myjati 'to mew'.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Anglo-Norman mue, muwe, and Middle French mue (“shedding feathers; cage for moulting birds; prison"), from muer (“to moult").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Wiktionary