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Mew meaning

mew - 11 dictionary results

  1. 1. A gull, esp. the common British species ( Larus canus); called also sea mew, maa, mar, mow, and cobb.
  2. 2. To shed or cast; to change; to molt; as, the hawk mewed his feathers.
  3. 3. To cast the feathers; to molt; hence, to change; to put on a new appearance.
  4. 4. To shut up; to inclose; to confine, as in a cage or other inclosure.
  5. 5. To cry as a cat.
  6. 6. The common cry of a cat.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. A sea- fowl; cage for hawks; cry of a cat.
  10. 10. To confine in a cage; shed or cast off.
  11. 11. To moult; to cry as a cat.

mew - examples of usage

  1. Very often when this door was shut, Deborah, or little Deb, as she may have been called, was left outside; and on such occasions she used to mew as loudly as she could to beg for admittance. - "Stories of Animal Sagacity", W.H.G. Kingston.
  2. Now they can mew about somebody else." - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
  3. The cat with the white spots on its sides- Val called her Mary Arabella, for some whimsical reason- came into the kitchen, looked inquiringly at the huddled figure upon the floor, gave a faint mew, and went slowly up, purring and arching her back; she snuffed a moment at Val's hair, then settled herself in the hollow of Val's arm, and curled down for a nap. - "Lonesome Land", B. M. Bower.
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