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

2 [myoo]
noun
a small gull, Larus canus, of Eurasia and northwestern North America.
Also called mew gull.


Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English mǣwe; cognate with German Müwe

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]

mews (mjuːz)
 
n
1.  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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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).

mews
"stables grouped around an open yard," 1631, from Mewes, name of the royal stables at Charing Cross, built 1534 on the site of the former royal mews (attested from c.1394), where the king's hawks were kept (see mew (n.2)). Extended by 1805 to "street of former stables converted
to human habitations."
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