American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cage for hawks, especially when molting.
- n. A secret place; a hideaway.
- n. A group of buildings originally containing private stables, often converted into residential apartments.
- n. A small street, alley, or courtyard on which such buildings stand.
- v. To confine in or as if in a cage.
- v. To molt. Used of a hawk.
- v. To make the high-pitched, crying sound of a cat; meow.
- n. The crying sound of a cat; a meow.
- n. A seagull (Larus canus) of northern Eurasia and northwest North America.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gull; a sea-mew. See cut under gull.
- To cry as a cat.
- n. The cry of a cat.
- To change (the covering or dress); especially, to shed, as feathers; molt.
- n. A cage for birds while mewing or molting; hence, any cage or coop for birds, especially for hawks.
- n. Hence An inclosure; a close place; a place of retirement or confinement.
- n. A place where fowls were confined for fattening.
- n. plural A stable. See mews.
- To shut up; confine, as in a cage or other inclosure; immure.
- An obsolete or dialectal preterit of mow.
- n. A dialectal variant of mow.
- n. The herb spignel.
- n. obsolete A gull, seagull.
- n. The crying sound of a cat; a meow.
- v. of a cat To meow.
- interj. A cat's cry.
- n. obsolete A prison, or other place of confinement.
- n. obsolete A hiding-place; a secret store or den.
- n. falconry A cage for hawks, especially while moulting.
- n. falconry, in the plural A building or set of buildings where moulting birds are kept.
- v. obsolete To shut away, confine, lock up.
- v. of a bird To moult.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A gull, esp. the common British species (Larus canus); called also
sea mew, maa, mar, mow, and cobb.
- v. To shed or cast; to change; to molt.
- v. To cast the feathers; to molt; hence, to change; to put on a new appearance.
- n. A cage for hawks while mewing; a coop for fattening fowls; hence, any inclosure; a place of confinement or shelter; -- in the latter sense usually in the plural.
- n. A stable or range of stables for horses; -- compound used in the plural, and so called from the royal stables in London, built on the site of the king's mews for hawks.
- v. To shut up; to inclose; to confine, as in a cage or other inclosure.
- v. To cry as a cat.
- n. The common cry of a cat.
- v. utter a high-pitched cry, as of seagulls
- v. cry like a cat
- n. the sound made by a cat (or any sound resembling this)
- n. the common gull of Eurasia and northeastern North America
- From Anglo-Norman mue, muwe, and Middle French mue ("shedding feathers; cage for moulting birds; prison"), from muer ("to moult"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English meue, from Old French mue, from muer, to molt, from Latin mūtāre, to change. Middle English meuen, of imitative origin.Middle English meue, from Old English mǣw, mēu. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The seagull is also known as the mew, likewise an imitative name.”
“The critic Christopher Ricks has pointed out that "mew" rather than the more correct "mews" is in fact an archaic word for "cage.”
“ Beckett's French translation of Murphy gives the "mew" in West Brompton as "l'impasse de l'Enfant JÃ©sus," introducing a Christian reference into the city grid.”
“The cat goes around meekly, crying "mew," while the rest dance around her.”
“I again affirm that I need make no apology for attaching my name to that of one so worthy the esteem of his co-dogs, ay, and co-cats too; for in spite of the differences which have so often raised up a barrier between the members of his race and ours, not even the noblest among us could be degraded by raising a "mew" to the honour of such a thoroughly honest dog.”
“As a rule, the gelded cat does not "mew" to make known his wants, but employs his voice for conversational purposes.”
“A starved kitten, which shapes out of nothing and is there complete and instantaneous at your feet -- ginger stripes, and a mew which is weak, but a veritable voice of the living -- is first”
“It gave a frightened "mew," but a single shake cut that short and would have ended Kitty's nine lives at once, had not the negro come to the rescue.”
“The next morning, figure my horror! to hear a plaintive 'mew' outside my door.”
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