mewing

mew

1 [myoo]
noun
1.
the tiny, high-pitched sound a cat or kitten makes.
2.
the characteristic sound a gull makes.
verb (used without object)
3.
to make a mew or emit a similar sound.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English meuen; imitative

mews, muse.
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mew

3 [myoo]
noun
1.
a cage for hawks, especially while molting.
2.
a pen in which poultry is fattened.
3.
a place of retirement or concealment.
4.
mews, (usually used with a singular verb) Chiefly British.
a.
(formerly) an area of stables built around a small street.
b.
a street having small apartments converted from such stables.
verb (used with object)
5.
Archaic. to shut up in or as in a mew; confine; conceal (often followed by up ).

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English mue < Middle French, akin to muer to molt. See mew4

mew

4 [myoo]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to shed (feathers); to molt.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English mewen < Old French muer to molt < Latin mūtāre to change

mewer, noun
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mew1 (mjuː)
 
vb
1.  (intr) (esp of a cat) to make a characteristic high-pitched cry
 
n
2.  such a sound
 
[C14: imitative]

mew2 (mjuː)
 
n
mew gull, Also called: sea mew any seagull, esp the common gull, Larus canus
 
[Old English mǣw; compare Old Saxon mēu, Middle Dutch mēwe]

mew3 (mjuː)
 
n
1.  a room or cage for hawks, esp while moulting
 
vb (often foll by up)
2.  to confine (hawks or falcons) in a shelter, cage, etc, usually by tethering them to a perch
3.  to confine, conceal
 
[C14: from Old French mue, from muer to moult, from Latin mūtāre to change]

mew4 (mjuː)
 
vb
1.  (intr) (of hawks or falcons) to moult
2.  obsolete (tr) to shed (one's covering, clothes, etc)
 
[C14: from Old French muer to moult, from Latin mūtāre to change]

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mew
"make a sound like a cat," early 14c., mewen, of imitative origin (cf. Ger. miauen, Fr. miauler, It. miagolare, Sp. maullar, and see meow). Related: Mewed; mewing.

mew
"seagull," O.E. mæw, from P.Gmc. *maigwis (cf. O.S. mew, Fris. meau, M.L.G. mewe, Du. meeuw "gull"), of imitative origin. O.Fr. moue (Fr. mouette) and Lith. mevas are Gmc. loan-words.

mew
"cage," c.1300, from O.Fr. mue "cage for hawks, especially when molting," from muer "to molt," from L. mutare "to change" (see mutable).
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