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soft, high-pitched sounds of cats or kittens; characteristic sounds gulls make
Not to be confused with:
muse – think, ruminate on, dream, ponder, contemplate: I mused on his offer for a long time.
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mew 1

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
To confine in or as if in a cage.
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

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

[Middle English meuen, of imitative origin.]

mew 3

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

[Middle English meue, from Old English mǣw, mēu.]
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n (functioning as singular or plural)
1. (Human Geography) a yard or street lined by buildings originally used as stables but now often converted into dwellings
2. the buildings around a mews
3. informal an individual residence in a mews
[C14: pl of mew3, originally referring to royal stables built on the site of hawks' mews at Charing Cross in London]
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 stable for horses, 1394; collection of hawks moulting, or hens and capons fattening. [From the cage for hawks when mewing or moulting, 1386.]
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A small terrace of stables and staff accommodation in a cobbled street behind a row of rich town (especially London) houses.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mews - street lined with buildings that were originally private stables but have been remodeled as dwellings; "she lives in a Chelsea mews"
street - a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings; "they walked the streets of the small town"; "he lives on Nassau Street"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
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[mjuːz] (Brit)
A. NSINGcallejuela f
B. CPD mews cottage N casa acondicionada en antiguos establos o cocheras
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n sing or pl (= houses) Siedlung ehemaliger zu modischen Wohnungen umgebauter Kutscherhäuschen (= street)Gasse f; (old, = stables) → Stall m, → Stallungen pl; a mews cottageein ehemaliges Kutscherhäuschen
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References in classic literature ?
It was the first she had heard of the mews behind Ducie Street.
"Yes, in summer especially, the mews is a serious nuisance.
Mews Street, Grosvenor Square, was not absolutely Grosvenor Square itself, but it was very near it.
Arthur Clennam came to a squeezed house, with a ramshackle bowed front, little dingy windows, and a little dark area like a damp waistcoat-pocket, which he found to be number twenty-four, Mews Street, Grosvenor Square.
the mocking-bird that mews for all the world like a cat?
Tabitha became more and more distracted, and mewed dreadfully
While Tom Kitten was left alone under the floor of the attic, he wriggled about and tried to mew for help.
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!
'I assure you, my dear,' said Mr Boffin, 'that on the celebrated day when I made what has since been agreed upon to be my grandest demonstration--I allude to Mew says the cat, Quack quack says the duck, and Bow-wow-wow says the dog--I assure you, my dear, that on that celebrated day, them flinty and unbeliving words hit my old lady so hard on my account, that I had to hold her, to prevent her running out after you, and defending me by saying I was playing a part.'
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.