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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a cat miaows/mews (=makes a small noise)
▪ The cat was miaowing outside the door.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Spicknel \Spick"nel\, n. [Contr. from spike nail a large, long nail; -- so called in allusion to the shape of its capillary leaves.] (Bot.) An umbelliferous herb ( Meum Athamanticum) having finely divided leaves, common in Europe; -- called also baldmoney, mew, and bearwort. [Written also spignel.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"make a sound like a cat," early 14c., mewen, of imitative origin (compare German miauen, French miauler, Italian miagolare, Spanish maullar, and see meow). Related: Mewed; mewing. As a noun from 1590s.


"seagull," Old English mæw, from Proto-Germanic *maigwis (cognates: Old Saxon mew, Frisian meau, Middle Dutch and Middle Low German mewe, Dutch meeuw "gull"), imitative of its cry. Old French moue (Modern French mouette) and Lithuanian mevas are Germanic loan-words.


"cage," c.1300, from Old French mue "cage for hawks, especially when molting," from muer "to molt," from Latin mutare "to change" (see mutable).


Etymology 1 n. (context obsolete English) A gull, seagull. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context obsolete English) A prison, or other place of confinement. 2 (context obsolete English) A hiding place; a secret store or den. 3 (context falconry English) A cage for hawks, especially while moulting. 4 (context falconry in the plural English) A building or set of buildings where moulting birds are kept. vb. 1 (context obsolete English) To shut away, confine, lock up. 2 (context of a bird English) To moult. Etymology 3

interj. A cat's cry. n. The crying sound of a cat; a meow. vb. (context of a cat English) To meow.

  1. n. the sound made by a cat (or any sound resembling this) [syn: meow, miaou, miaow]

  2. the common gull of Eurasia and northeastern North America [syn: mew gull, sea mew, Larus canus]

  1. v. cry like a cat; "the cat meowed" [syn: meow]

  2. utter a high-pitched cry, as of seagulls


Mew(s) may refer to:

Mew (Pokémon)

is one of the fictional species of creatures from Nintendo's and Game Freak's Pokémon media franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri. Mew is a small, pink, Psychic-type Mythical Pokémon. It was added to Pokémon Red and Green by its creator, Game Freak programmer Shigeki Morimoto, as a secret character. As such, its presence has been surrounded by rumors and myths, which contributed to make the Pokémon franchise a success. For years, Mew could not be legitimately obtained in the games except from Pokémon distribution events.

Mew's first film appearance was in Pokémon: The First Movie as a main character alongside Mewtwo. The movie revealed that a fossilized Mew hair, found in the Guyana jungle by a team of scientists, was used to create Mewtwo, a genetically enhanced Mew clone. Mew later appeared in Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew as a main character alongside Lucario; the backstory of the film revolves around Mew's mysterious history and how it came to be so powerful. Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon had a mirage Mew appear as a main character in the movie who helped Ash and friends try to defeat the Mirage Master.

Mew (band)

Mew are a Danish alternative rock band, consisting of Jonas Bjerre (lead vocals), Johan Wohlert (bass) and Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen (drums). Johan Wohlert left the band in 2006 before the birth of his first child, but made a return in 2013 while the band were in the studio, before making his first live appearances since his departure in 2014. Guitarist Bo Madsen left the band in June 2015. This was confirmed in a statement on the band's official website on 1 July.

Whilst their music may be classified as indie and on occasion progressive rock, Bo Madsen said "I usually say we are ‘indie stadium.’ A mix between ‘feelings’ and ‘thinking’ is usually good."

Mew (surname)

Mew is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Charlotte Mew (1869–1928), English poet
  • Chris Mew (born 1961), Australian rules footballer
  • Darren Mew (born 1979), British swimmer
  • Jack Mew (1889–1963), English football goalkeeper
  • James Mew (1837–1913), English lawyer and biographer
  • Peter Mew, British audio engineer
  • William Mew (1602–c. 1669), English clergyman, playwright and beekeeper
Mew (software)

is a female vocal released for Vocaloid 3. Her sampled voice is provided by Japanese female singer Miu Sakamoto.

Usage examples of "mew".

Here Art is no benignant goddess, but a Circe who turns her wooers into mewing Toms and Tabbies who linger about the doorsteps of her abode, unmindful of the flying brickbats and boot-jacks of the critics.

The eyases clung dully to their leashes, as if they were mewing, and seemed to have no wish to get rid of their rufter-hoods.

The women wore dull fashionless, rather than oldfashioned, coats and hats in black or grey or fawn, the mew even the young men, black suits topped by dark raincoats.

Then the king became impatient for there were other things to think about: there was just time to go to the mews to inspect one of his favorite gerfalcons, who was ailing, before he had to receive an emissary from Burgundy.

Ddafydd, os dygid ei gorff dros erchwyn gwely, neu trwy ddrws, neu os cleddid ef mewn mynwent, neu mewn Eglwys.

In which the half of humankind were mewed Victims of lust and hate, the slaves of slaves, She mourned that grace and power were thrown as food To the hyena lust, who, among graves, Over his loathed meal, laughing in agony, raves.

He does not mean to return to Marchant Mews, but curiosity draws him once he is close to the town centre.

Jeremy tries to imagine his students caring about the fate of Marchant Mews, even with the added inducement of a heritage centre.

The moral majority is alive and well and worrying about Marchant Mews.

Surveying his Marchant Mews empire, Jeremy has to admit that the chances of everything being finished in time are minimal.

Never were so many braying, upper-class accents heard in Marchant Mews.

At such moments he wishes that Alf had never introduced him to Marchant Mews.

She mewed, her hips lifting in instinctive supplication as he found her soft, silky female cleft, parted the quivering folds of flesh.

He mewed at the door leading to the anteroom, and was not astonished when it opened automatically.

Tail high, he went to the second door, mewed at it, and strode out into the passageway.