Definitions of mew

  1. the common gull of Eurasia and northeastern North America
  2. cry like a cat; " the cat meowed"
  3. the sound made by a cat ( or any sound resembling this)
  4. utter a high- pitched cry, as of seagulls
  5. A gull, esp. the common British species ( Larus canus); called also sea mew, maa, mar, mow, and cobb.
  6. To shed or cast; to change; to molt; as, the hawk mewed his feathers.
  7. To cast the feathers; to molt; hence, to change; to put on a new appearance.
  8. To shut up; to inclose; to confine, as in a cage or other inclosure.
  9. To cry as a cat.
  10. The common cry of a cat.
  11. A cage for hawks while mewing; a coop for fattening fowls; hence, any inclosure; a place of confinement or shelter; - in the latter sense usually in the plural.
  12. A stable or range of stables for horses; - compound used in the plural, and so called from the royal stables in London, built on the site of the king's mews for hawks.
  13. The cry of a cat or an imitation of it; spelled also miaow; a seagull.
  14. To inclose or confine, as in a cage.
  15. To cry like a cat; miaow.
  16. A sea- fowl: a gull.
  17. The try of a cat.
  18. To shed or cast: to confine, as in a cage.
  19. To change: to cast the feathers: to moult.
  20. A place for mewing or confining: a cage for hawks while mewing: generally in pl. a stable because the royal stables were built where the king's hawks were mewed or confined: a place of confinement.
  21. A sea- fowl; cage for hawks; cry of a cat.
  22. To confine in a cage; shed or cast off.
  23. To shut up or in; confine.
  24. The ordinary cry of a cat.
  25. A European sea gull.
  26. Stables; the royal stables in London, as built near where the king's hawks were mowed.
  27. A eage for birds, specially while mewing; an inclosure; a place of confinement.
  28. The cry of a eat.
  29. To shed or east; to change; to moult; to shut up; to inclose.
  30. To change; to moult.
  31. To cry as a eat.
  32. A sea- bird; a species of gull.
  33. The cry of a cat.
  34. To shut up; to confine; to enclose; to shed the feathers; to moult.

Usage examples for mew

  1. My mother had a sandy cat, which sometimes used to open its mouth wide with a mew which nobody could hear, and the silent laugh of that red- haired priest used to put me wonderfully in mind of the silent mew of my mother's sandy- red cat. – Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest by George Borrow
  2. But you mustn't mew down here, and you must have lots of milk and cream. – The Secret of the Tower by Hope, Anthony
  3. He bent over to rub her cheek and she mewed again, an amiable inquiring little mew, to which he replied, " Certainly, you are greatly improved, and when you recover your plumage you will be a gorgeous bird." – The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
  4. If people said what they ought not to say, wee Widow Wiggins' wonderful cat would mew. – Queer Stories for Boys and Girls by Edward Eggleston
  5. Yes, it was a mew, and up jumped Fifine at last. – Five Minutes' Stories by Mrs. (Mary Louisa) Molesworth
  6. And to fully appreciate the whole, one should slip out of the harbour past the Mew Stone, where the sea- gulls rise like a drift of snowflakes on a sudden gust, into the midst of sliding walls of transparent green water beyond, where- if there is wind enough- glassy hillocks all round, at moments, hide everything else from sight. – Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts by Rosalind Northcote