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mew

noun \ ˈmyü \

Definition of mew

: 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


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mew

verb

Definition of mew

intransitive verb
: to utter a mew or similar sound
  • gulls mewed over the bay
transitive verb
: to utter by mewing : meow

Origin and Etymology of mew

Middle English mewen, of imitative origin


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mew

noun

Definition of mew

: meow

First Known Use of mew

1596


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mew

noun

Definition of mew

1 : an enclosure for trained hawks usually used in plural
2 : a place for hiding or retirement
3 mews plural in form but singular or plural in construction 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

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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mew

verb

Definition of mew

transitive verb
: to shut up : confine often used with up

First Known Use of mew

15th century


MEW Defined for Kids

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mew

verb \ ˈmyü \

Definition of mew for Students

mewed; mewing
: to make a sound like a meow

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mew

noun

Definition of mew for Students

: 1meow

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