See also: Mew

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English mewe, mowe, meau, from Old English mǣw, from Proto-Germanic *maihwaz, *maiwaz (seagull) (compare West Frisian meau, mieu, Dutch meeuw, German Möwe), from *maiwijaną (to shout, mew) (compare Middle English mawen (to shout, mew), Middle Dutch mauwen, Middle High German māwen); akin to Latvian maût (to roar), Old Church Slavonic мꙑꙗти (myjati, to mew).

NounEdit

mew (plural mews)

  1. (archaic, poetic) A gull, seagull.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. [], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book II, canto XII:
      A daungerous and detestable place, / To which nor fish nor fowle did once approch, / But yelling Meawes, with Seagulles hoarse and bace []
    • 1954, J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring:
      From helm to sea they saw him leap, / As arrow from the string, / And dive into the water deep, / As mew upon the wing.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English mewe, mue, mwe, from Anglo-Norman mue, muwe, and Middle French mue (shedding feathers; cage for moulting birds; prison), from muer (to moult).

NounEdit

mew (plural mews)

  1. (obsolete) A prison, or other place of confinement.
  2. (obsolete) A hiding place; a secret store or den.
  3. (obsolete) A breeding-cage for birds.
  4. (falconry) A cage for hawks, especially while moulting.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970:
      , vol.I, New York, 2001, p.243:
      A horse in a stable that never travels, a hawk in a mew that seldom flies, are both subject to diseases; which, left unto themselves, are most free from any such encumbrances.
  5. (falconry, in the plural) A building or set of buildings where moulting birds are kept.

VerbEdit

mew (third-person singular simple present mews, present participle mewing, simple past and past participle mewed)

  1. (archaic) To shut away, confine, lock up.
    • c. 1592, William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act I, Scene 1,[2]
      More pity that the eagle should be mew’d,
      While kites and buzzards prey at liberty.
    • c. 1596, John Donne, “Elegie XX: Loves Warre,” in Charles M. Coffin (ed.), The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne, New York: Modern Library, p. 84,[3]
      To mew me in a Ship, is to inthrall
      Mee in a prison, that weare like to fall;
    • 1693, John Dryden (translator), The Satires of Juvenal, London: Jacob Tonson, Satire 1, p. 10,[4]
      [] Nay some have learn’d the trick
      To beg for absent persons; feign them sick,
      Close mew’d in their Sedans, for fear of air:
    • 1748, Tobias Smollett, chapter 50, in The Adventures of Roderick Random.:
      When it came to his turn to mention Sir John Sparkle, he represented him as a man of an immense estate and narrow disposition, who mewed up his only child, a fine young lady, from the conversation of mankind, under the strict watch and inspection of an old governante, who was either so honest, envious, or insatiable, that nobody had been as yet able to make her a friend, or get access to her charge, though numbers attempted it every day []
    • 1928, Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography, Penguin, 1942, Chapter 5, p. 163,[5]
      [] it was all very well for Orlando to mew herself in her house at Blackfriars and pretend that the climate was the same []
  2. (of a bird) To moult.
    The hawk mewed his feathers.
    • 1700, John Dryden, Fables Ancient and Modern, London: Jacob Tonson, “Cinyras and Myrrha, Out of the Tenth Book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses,” p. 184,[6]
      Nine times the moon had mewed her horns []
  3. (of a bird, obsolete) To cause to moult.
  4. (of a deer, obsolete) To shed antlers.

Etymology 3Edit

Onomatopoeic.

NounEdit

mew (plural mews)

  1. The crying sound of a cat; a meow, especially of a kitten.
  2. The crying sound of a gull.
  3. (obsolete) An exclamation of disapproval; a boo.
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VerbEdit

mew (third-person singular simple present mews, present participle mewing, simple past and past participle mewed)

  1. (of a cat, especially of a kitten) To meow.
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InterjectionEdit

mew

  1. A cat's (especially a kitten's) cry.
  2. A gull's cry.
  3. (archaic) An exclamation of disapproval; boo.

Etymology 4Edit

Named after British orthodontists John Mew and his son Michael Mew.[1]

VerbEdit

mew (third-person singular simple present mews, present participle mewing, simple past and past participle mewed)

  1. (slang, neologism) To flatten the tongue against the roof of the mouth for supposed health benefits.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dream McClinton (2019-03-21), “Mewing: what is the YouTube craze that claims to reshape your face?”, in The Guardian[1]

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Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

mew

  1. Alternative form of mewe (cage)

PolishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

mew f

  1. genitive plural of mewa

YurokEdit

NounEdit

mew

  1. widower