maw

play
noun \ˈmȯ\

Definition of maw

  1. 1 :  the receptacle into which food is taken by swallowing:a :  stomachb :  crop

  2. 2a :  the throat, gullet, or jaws especially of a voracious animal the gaping maw of the tigerb :  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

Origin and Etymology of maw

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


MAW Defined for English Language Learners

maw

play
noun \ˈmȯ\

Definition of maw for English Language Learners

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up maw? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a weapon for destroying ships

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • winning-words-from-the-national-spelling-bee-logo
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!