\ ˈlü \

Definition of lew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 now dialectal British : moderately warm : lukewarm
2 now dialectal British : lee entry 2 sense 1


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plural -s

Definition of lew (Entry 2 of 2)

now dialectal British
: a place of shelter : the side sheltered (as from the wind)

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History and Etymology for lew


Middle English lew, lewe “warm, tepid,” going back to Old English *hlēow in hlēowe “warmly” (also unhlēow “cold”), going back to Germanic *hlewja- (whence Old Norse hlýr “mild, warm,” Middle Dutch luw), going back to Indo-European *ḱleui̯̯o-, derivative of *ḱel- “be warm”; also with a laryngeal extension *ḱelh1-, giving the derivative *ḱleh1u̯o- (from which Germanic *hlǣwa-, whence Old High German lāo “tepid, warm,” Old Norse hlær); and zero-grade *ḱlh1-, whence Lithuanian šìlti “to grow warm,” Latin calēre “to be warm or hot” (with the derivatives calidus “hot, warm,” calor “heat”)

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“Lew.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lew. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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