See also: Maw, MAW, maw-, and mąw-

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English mawe, maghe, maȝe, from Old English maga (stomach; maw), from Proto-Germanic *magô (belly; stomach), from Proto-Indo-European *mak-, *maks- (bag, bellows, belly). Cognate with West Frisian mage, Dutch maag (stomach; belly), German Low German Maag, German Magen (stomach), Danish mave, Norwegian mage (stomach) Swedish mage (stomach; belly), and also with Welsh megin (bellows), archaic Russian мошна́ (mošná, pocket, bag), Lithuanian mãkas (purse).

NounEdit

maw (plural maws)

  1. (archaic) The stomach, especially of an animal.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book X:
      So Death shall be deceav'd his glut, and with us two / Be forc'd to satisfie his Rav'nous Maw.
  2. The upper digestive tract (where food enters the body), especially the mouth and jaws of a fearsome and ravenous creature.
  3. (slang, derogatory) The mouth.
    Synonyms: trap, yap
    Shut your maw!
  4. Any large, insatiable or perilous opening.
  5. Appetite; inclination.
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Etymology 2Edit

By shortening of mother

NounEdit

maw (plural maws)

  1. (dialect, colloquial) Mother.

Etymology 3Edit

See mew (a gull), måke (a gull)

NounEdit

maw (plural maws)

  1. A gull.

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AbinomnEdit

NounEdit

maw

  1. butterfly

CornishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

maw m

  1. boy
    Me a wrug desky Kernowak termyn me ve maw.
    I learnt Cornish when I was a boy.

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MapudungunEdit

NounEdit

maw (using Unified Alphabet)

  1. rain

Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

maw

  1. Alternative form of mawe (stomach)