smew

noun
\ ˈsmyü How to pronounce smew (audio) \

Definition of smew

: a small Eurasian merganser (Mergus albellus) with the male being white, gray, and black and the female chiefly gray but with a chestnut and white head

First Known Use of smew

1674, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smew

akin to Middle High German smiehe smew

Learn More About smew

Dictionary Entries Near smew

smeuse

smew

SMG

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for smew

Cite this Entry

“Smew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smew. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on smew

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about smew

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

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!