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 moult; to cry as a cat.
  24. To shut up or in; confine.
  25. The ordinary cry of a cat.
  26. A European sea gull.
  27. Stables; the royal stables in London, as built near where the king's hawks were mowed.
  28. A eage for birds, specially while mewing; an inclosure; a place of confinement.
  29. The cry of a eat.
  30. To shed or east; to change; to moult; to shut up; to inclose.
  31. To change; to moult.
  32. To cry as a eat.
  33. A sea- bird; a species of gull.
  34. The cry of a cat.
  35. To shut up; to confine; to enclose; to shed the feathers; to moult.

Usage examples for mew

  1. The kitten was not to be comforted; it looked up in his face and gave a piteous mew. – The Mormon Prophet by Lily Dougall
  2. The cat wagg'd her tail And said nothing but " mew." – Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 by Edward William Cole
  3. 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
  4. Can you see the Bird Rock- the Mew Rock, where we caught the conger? – Menhardoc by George Manville Fenn
  5. Not even the mew of a cat. – The Lightning Conductor Discovers America by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
  6. 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
  7. The cat would watch at the door when turned out of the room, dart in again, and mew, and jump upon the bed where little Emma lay. – True Stories about Cats and Dogs by Eliza Lee Follen
  8. 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
  9. Yes, it was a mew, and up jumped Fifine at last. – Five Minutes' Stories by Mrs. (Mary Louisa) Molesworth
  10. So long, then, as ye hear dog bark or cat mew within the walls, ye may know that the city holds out. – The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74 by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: January 25, 2009
  11. Whenever anyone came very near the hiding place, Billy miaowed loudly, or if everyone was very far from it, Billy would mew only faintly. – Entertaining Made Easy by Emily Rose Burt
  12. No one was awake but Fifine, and again, and again came that pitiful mew. – Five Minutes' Stories by Mrs. (Mary Louisa) Molesworth
  13. But you mustn't mew down here, and you must have lots of milk and cream. – The Secret of the Tower by Hope, Anthony
  14. 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
  15. All the kitties and the milk the Manticora had had seemed to have strengthened its mew wonderfully. – The Book of Dragons by Edith Nesbit
  16. When I opened the door, she would give a funny little mew, something like the mew cats make when they call their kittens. – Letters from a Cat by Helen Jackson
  17. And his body did swing, a horrible thing, At the sport of the wild sea mew! – Cruise and Captures of the Alabama by Albert M. Goodrich
  18. She lapped away at the milk with great eagerness, and then she would look in the face of her benefactor, and utter a soft little mew. – The Lost Kitty by Harriette Newell Woods Baker (AKA Aunt Hattie)
  19. There are smells that are stagnant with the rot of time; other smells pungent with spice, and mystery, and the alluring scent of bales of merchandise that, like the mew of gulls, can set the mind traveling to lands unseen. – Jimgrim and Allah's Peace by Talbot Mundy