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mew

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noun \ˈmyü\

Definition of mew

  1. :  gull; especially :  a small gull (Larus canus) of Eurasia and western North America



Origin and Etymology of mew

Middle English, from Old English mǣw; akin to Old Norse mār gull


First Known Use: before 12th century


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mew

verb

Definition of mew

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to utter a mew or similar sound <gulls mewed over the bay>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to utter by mewing :  meow



Origin and Etymology of mew

Middle English mewen, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 14th century


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mew

noun

Definition of mew

  1. :  meow



1596

First Known Use of mew

1596


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mew

noun

Definition of mew

  1. 1 :  an enclosure for trained hawks —usually used in plural

  2. 2 :  a place for hiding or retirement

  3. 3 plural but sing or plural in constr chiefly British a (1) :  stables usually with living quarters built around a court (2) :  living quarters adapted from such stables b :  back street :  alley



Origin and Etymology of mew

Middle English mewe, from Anglo-French mue, muwe, from muer to change, molt, from Latin mutare to change — more at mutable


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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mew

verb

Definition of mew

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to shut up :  confine —often used with up



15th Century

First Known Use of mew

15th century


MEW Defined for Kids

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mew

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verb \ˈmyü\

Definition of mew for Students

mewed

mewing

  1. :  to make a sound like a meow




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mew

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noun

Definition of mew for Students

  1. :  1meow




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