Definition of Ewe in English:

Ewe

noun

  • 1A member of a West African people of Ghana, Togo, and Benin.

    • ‘Many coastal Ghanaian peoples like the Fante, Ga, and Ewe have not forgotten Asante violence against them, even though the national history textbooks celebrate Asante resistance against the British.’
    • ‘If genuinely free elections were permitted, power would inevitably shift towards tribes in the South, predominantly the Ewe.’
    • ‘He notes that studies tending to view Ewe only in light of Asante ‘obscure the originality and creativity of both peoples and lead to questions of influence and borrowing that tend to fan ethnic chauvinism on both sides’.’
    • ‘They are followed by the Ewe, Ga, Adangme, Guan, and Kyerepong in the south.’
    • ‘The Ewe live in southeastern Ghana as well as the southern regions of neighboring countries Togo and Benin.’
    • ‘Intricately decorated and culturally rich, the 15 drums are native to the Ewe of southeastern Ghana.’
  • 2[mass noun] The language of the Ewe, belonging to the Kwa group. It has about 3 million speakers.

    • ‘The Gullah language retains a great deal West African syntax and combines English vocabulary with words from African languages such as Ewe, Mandinka, Igbo, Twi, Yoruba, and Mende.’
    • ‘While most publications in the Ghanaian and Ghanaian American communities are written in English, some are also written in the Twi dialects of Asante, Fante, and Akwapim and in other languages such as Ewe, Ga, Dagbane, and Nzema.’
    • ‘Thus, Clements reports that in Ewe all logophoric constructions contain the complementizer be.’
    • ‘French is the official language of government, but both Ewe of the Kwa and Kabye of the Gur language families have semi-official status.’
    • ‘Other languages spoken by large numbers of Ghanaians include Ewe, Ga, Guan, and Gur.’
    • ‘Broadcasting mostly in Twi, but also in Ewe, Ga, and some English, the station generally reaches those who are not on salary, who have less education and less disposable income.’
    • ‘By contrast, Ewe, Gbandili, an Admawa-Ubangi language, and Ngwo, a Grassfields language, are languages whose logophoric pronouns have both singular and plural forms.’
    • ‘You learned quickly to introduce yourself to a new acquaintance in proper English and to recoil in horror and disgust when the response you got was phrased in Ga or Dagaare or Twi or Ewe.’

adjective

  • Relating to or denoting the Ewe or their language.

    • ‘Cophie is Ewe, not Asante, a fact that did not inhibit his apprenticeship to an Asante weaver and his adaptation of Asante-style motifs along with the Ewe patterns.’
    • ‘For Ewe women they constituted the single most powerful weapon of social control, as they literally and spiritually polluted the physical person and memory of an individual.’
    • ‘Over time, exemption from taxation came to be seen by women as a right, an integral component of Ewe women's conception of an individual self and a collective Lomé womanhood which served as a platform for the 1933 uprising.’
    • ‘They marched, chanted, and danced according to Ewe vodou tradition, deploying their political authority via cultural-social acts.’
    • ‘According to Ewe tradition, the arrival of the Alaga, clad in palm fronds, signals a day of vengeance.’
    • ‘Halo, oral poetry in the Ewe language, has been a major influence on the poetry of Kofi Awoonor.’
    • ‘The Ewe divide proverbs into two groups of metaphorical use according to social status and age of their performers.’
    • ‘And like the British authorities who were blind to the Igbo tradition of ‘sitting on a man,’ the French remained oblivious to the extent of Ewe women's informal political authority.’
    • ‘UM joins a growing list of schools, such as the University of West Virginia, the University of North Texas and the University of California at Berkeley, whose specialized drumming directors are indigenous Ewe musicians.’
    • ‘Over a period of several decades, Ewe women in the flourishing market communities solidified commercial ties and cemented their role as familial providers.’
    • ‘Debates surround the term kente, which is traced by some to the Ewe language, by others to Asante and Fante terms.’
    • ‘In revisiting these cultural and gendered actions, Ewe women's political authority was dynamic, threatening, and highly successful on many levels.’
    • ‘She claims that Ewe Rente is strictly pictorial (a mistake her source, Venice Lamb, also makes), when, in fact, certain regional styles of Ewe weaving are completely devoid of representational imagery.’
    • ‘Northern and Ewe women, on the other hand, have fewer commercial opportunities and assume heavier agricultural responsibilities in addition to their housekeeping chores.’
    • ‘In unit 2, ‘The Making and Design of Kente Cloth,’ Avins and Quick chronicle the evolution of the Asante and Ewe weaving and describe the delicate and time-consuming processes of putting the cloth together.’
    • ‘Togo is an Ewe (pronounced Ev'hé) word meaning ‘lake’ or ‘lagoon.’’
    • ‘In Ewe culture, we believe that if there is something on your mind, it sits on the stomach, making you sick.’
    • ‘The Asante, Ewe, Fon and Fante peoples provided the bulk of imports into Barbados.’
    • ‘But in the Ewe language (spoken in Ghana), linguist Felix Ameka points out that saying someone has red eyes means that they are completely focussed.’
    • ‘Adedze's descriptions of the rules by which Ewe and Asante weavers distinguish their textiles are complicated by Anne Spencer's profile of Samuel Cophie, a master weaver in Bonwire.’

Origin

The name in Ewe.

Pronunciation:

Ewe

/ˈeɪweɪ/

Definition of ewe in English:

ewe

noun

  • A female sheep.

    • ‘Marauding dogs massacred ewes in lamb in Aramoho at the weekend.’
    • ‘With the ewe numbers hovering around 200, it looks as though we shall be selling the ewes back in the sheep market.’
    • ‘A mid season lambing flock of 240 ewes is also run with the cattle enterprise.’
    • ‘A ewe suckling two lambs growing at 0.3 kg per day is as productive as a dairy cow yielding 30 litres of milk per day.’
    • ‘Mountain ewes produce less lambs than their lowland counterparts and fetch a lower prices at the mart.’
    • ‘Sheep scrapie, a similar prion disease, passes from ewes to their lambs.’
    • ‘Some of the sheep, mostly ewes, were in shock and had to be carried via a human chain from the lorry.’
    • ‘It was following the weaning of the lambs from the ewes during the second week of August, when we also weaned Daisy's two lambs.’
    • ‘Farmers have been unable to bring in ewes for lambing after wintering them on hills and in fields, while calving has also been disrupted.’
    • ‘Although many ewes have already dropped their lambs, some producers have ewes lambing through to August.’
    • ‘A farmer has threatened to shoot any dogs he sees on his land after four ewes with lambs were injured and one killed in a late-night attack.’
    • ‘There are now about 600,000 Scottish Black Face ewes in the country after de-stocking.’
    • ‘A further 2,000 breeding ewes and hoggets were on offer on the day also.’
    • ‘The couple had kept a flock of sheep in that particular field, 30 ewes and two rams to be exact.’
    • ‘Even the family pet let loose in the countryside can cause great distress to sheep, including pregnant ewes and lambs.’
    • ‘The ewes in lamb are being moved to safer paddocks beyond the museum, while the goats and the pony have been found temporary homes.’
    • ‘Firstly, we shall be selling in the sheep shed with a full live auction of hoggs, ewes and spring lambs, if there are any about.’
    • ‘They have about 1,000 ewes plus lambs between them and are anxiously watching them for signs of the disease.’
    • ‘Some viewers complained about the mustering of pregnant ewes and newborn lambs.’
    • ‘Small amounts of meal fed in time will rectify loss in condition, cramming it in later only leads to thinner ewes and larger lambs.’

Origin

Old English eowu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ooi and German Aue.

Pronunciation:

ewe

/juː/