1 [maw]
the mouth, throat, or gullet of an animal, especially a carnivorous mammal.
the crop or craw of a fowl.
the stomach, especially that of an animal.
a cavernous opening that resembles the open jaws of an animal: the gaping maw of hell.
the symbolic or theoretical center of a voracious hunger or appetite of any kind: the ravenous maw of Death.

before 900; Middle English mawe, Old English maga; cognate with Dutch maag, German Magen, Old Norse magi Unabridged


2 [maw]
noun Informal.

variant of ma Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
maw (mɔː)
1.  the mouth, throat, crop, or stomach of an animal, esp of a voracious animal
2.  informal the mouth or stomach of a greedy person
[Old English maga; related to Middle Dutch maghe, Old Norse magi]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. maga "stomach" (of men and animals), from P.Gmc. *magon (cf. O.Fris. maga, O.N. mag, Du. maag, Ger. Magen "stomach"), perhaps cognate with Welsh megin "bellows," Lith. makas, O.C.S. mosina "bag, pouch."
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Slang Dictionary

maw definition

  1. tv. & in.
    to kiss and pet; to smooch. (Probably from maul.) : Come on, don't maw me. You've been watching too many movies—or two few. , Let's go out somewhere and maw.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
It carries nostalgia to where sentiment finally engulfs it in its sickly maw.
The money then disappears into the general maw of public spending, rather than
  being used to provide drivers with alternatives.
We know without asking that he's searching for the sinister maw of our
At last count, roughly a dozen celebrity magazines filled newsstands in a bid
  to feed the maw of a gossip-hungry public.
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