mew


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mew 1

 (myo͞o)
n.
1. A cage for hawks, especially when molting.
2. A secret place; a hideaway.
3. mews(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
a. A group of buildings originally containing private stables, often converted into residential apartments.
b. A small street, alley, or courtyard on which such buildings stand.
v. mewed, mew·ing, mews
v.tr.
To confine in or as if in a cage.
v.intr.
To molt. Used of a hawk.

[Middle English meue, from Old French mue, from muer, to molt, from Latin mūtāre, to change; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

mew 2

 (myo͞o)
intr.v. mewed, mew·ing, mews
To make a high-pitched, crying sound, as that of a cat.
n.
A high-pitching crying sound, especially that of a cat.

[Middle English meuen, of imitative origin.]

mew 3

 (myo͞o)
n.
A migratory gull (Larus canus) that breeds in northern Eurasia and northwest North America.

[Middle English meue, from Old English mǣw, mēu.]

mew

(mjuː)
vb
(Zoology) (intr) (esp of a cat) to make a characteristic high-pitched cry
n
such a sound
[C14: imitative]

mew

(mjuː)
n
(Animals) any seagull, esp the common gull, Larus canus. Also called: mew gull or sea mew
[Old English mǣw; compare Old Saxon mēu, Middle Dutch mēwe]

mew

(mjuː)
n
(Falconry) a room or cage for hawks, esp while moulting
vb
1. (Falconry) (often foll by: up) to confine (hawks or falcons) in a shelter, cage, etc, usually by tethering them to a perch
2. (Falconry) (intr) (of hawks or falcons) to moult
3. to confine; conceal
4. (tr) obsolete to shed (one's covering, clothes, etc)
[C14: from Old French mue, from muer to moult, from Latin mūtāre to change]

mew1

(myu)
1. the cry of a cat.
2. the cry of a gull.
v.i.
3. to emit a mew.
[1275–1325]

mew2

(myu)

n.
a small gull, Larus canus, of Eurasia and NW North America.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English mǣwe, c. Old Saxon mēu, Middle Dutch mēwe]

mew3

(myu)

n.
1. a cage for hawks.
2. a place of retirement or concealment.
3. mews, (usu. with a sing. v.)
a. stables and usu. servants' quarters built around a courtyard.
b. a street having apartments converted from such stables.
c. a secluded street.
[1325–75; Middle English mue < Middle French, n. derivative of muer to molt]

mew


Past participle: mewed
Gerund: mewing

Imperative
mew
mew
Present
I mew
you mew
he/she/it mews
we mew
you mew
they mew
Preterite
I mewed
you mewed
he/she/it mewed
we mewed
you mewed
they mewed
Present Continuous
I am mewing
you are mewing
he/she/it is mewing
we are mewing
you are mewing
they are mewing
Present Perfect
I have mewed
you have mewed
he/she/it has mewed
we have mewed
you have mewed
they have mewed
Past Continuous
I was mewing
you were mewing
he/she/it was mewing
we were mewing
you were mewing
they were mewing
Past Perfect
I had mewed
you had mewed
he/she/it had mewed
we had mewed
you had mewed
they had mewed
Future
I will mew
you will mew
he/she/it will mew
we will mew
you will mew
they will mew
Future Perfect
I will have mewed
you will have mewed
he/she/it will have mewed
we will have mewed
you will have mewed
they will have mewed
Future Continuous
I will be mewing
you will be mewing
he/she/it will be mewing
we will be mewing
you will be mewing
they will be mewing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mewing
you have been mewing
he/she/it has been mewing
we have been mewing
you have been mewing
they have been mewing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mewing
you will have been mewing
he/she/it will have been mewing
we will have been mewing
you will have been mewing
they will have been mewing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mewing
you had been mewing
he/she/it had been mewing
we had been mewing
you had been mewing
they had been mewing
Conditional
I would mew
you would mew
he/she/it would mew
we would mew
you would mew
they would mew
Past Conditional
I would have mewed
you would have mewed
he/she/it would have mewed
we would have mewed
you would have mewed
they would have mewed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mew - the sound made by a cat (or any sound resembling this)mew - the sound made by a cat (or any sound resembling this)
cry - the characteristic utterance of an animal; "animal cries filled the night"
2.mew - the common gull of Eurasia and northeastern North Americamew - the common gull of Eurasia and northeastern North America
sea gull, seagull, gull - mostly white aquatic bird having long pointed wings and short legs
genus Larus, Larus - type genus of the Laridae
Verb1.mew - cry like a cat; "the cat meowed"
let loose, let out, utter, emit - express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words); "She let out a big heavy sigh"; "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"
2.mew - utter a high-pitched cry, as of seagullsmew - utter a high-pitched cry, as of seagulls
let loose, let out, utter, emit - express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words); "She let out a big heavy sigh"; "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"

mew

verb
To confine within a limited area.Also used with up:
cage, coop (in or up), enclose, fence (in), immure, pen, shut in, shut up, wall (in or up).
Translations
مُواءيَموء
kňouratmňoukánímňoukat
mjavemjaven
mjálmmjálma
miaukimasmiaukti
ņaudēšanaņaudēt
miyavlamamiyavlamak

mew

[mjuː]
A. Nmaullido m
B. VImaullar, hacer miau

mew

[ˈmjuː] vi [cat] → miauler

mew

nMiau(en) nt
vimiauen

mew

[mjuː]
1. nmiagolio
2. vimiagolare

mew

(mjuː) verb
to make the cry of a (young) cat. The kittens mewed.
noun
such a cry.
References in classic literature ?
Nothing was stirring except a brindled, grey cat, which crept from the ashes, and saluted me with a querulous mew.
While Tom Kitten was left alone under the floor of the attic, he wriggled about and tried to mew for help.
I would go out into the streets to fight with my delusion, and prowling women would mew after me; furtive, craving men glance jealously at me; weary, pale workers go coughing by me with tired eyes and eager paces, like wounded deer dripping blood; old people, bent and dull, pass murmuring to themselves; and, all unheeding, a ragged tail of gibing children.
As for mercenary forces (which is the help in this case), all examples show, that whatsoever estate or prince doth rest upon them, he may spread his feathers for a time, but he will mew them soon after.
They rush about, and mew, and spring; dance on their hind legs, embrace everything with their front ones, roll over and over, lie on their backs and kick.
Suddenly, faint but distinct, sounded an unmistakable mew under the box.
He was lying there with his eyes closed; but when I bent over him he opened them and gave a pitiful little mew; or rather his mouth made the motion of a mew, for he was too weak to utter a sound.
If them would only purr for "yes" and mew for "no," or any rule of that sort,' she had said, 'so that one could keep up a conversation
Well, on the night of the murder I also heard the cry of the Bete du bon Dieu outside; and yet she was on my knees, and did not mew once, I swear.
And, to take another kind of instance, imagine what our astonishment would be if we were to hear a cat bark or a dog mew.
Mew says the cat, Quack-quack says the duck, Bow-wow-wow says the dog
I then lounged down the street and found, as I expected, that there was a mews in a lane which runs down by one wall of the garden.