maw

noun \ ˈmȯ \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of maw

1 : the receptacle into which food is taken by swallowing:
a : stomach
b : crop
2 a : the throat, gullet, or jaws especially of a voracious animal
  • the gaping maw of the tiger
b : something suggestive of a gaping maw
  • the dark maw of the cave

Examples of maw in a Sentence

  1. the gaping maw of the tiger

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Origin and Etymology of maw

Middle English, from Old English maga; akin to Old High German mago stomach, Lithuanian makas purse


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Definition of maw for English Language Learners

  • : the mouth, jaws, or throat of an animal



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