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(of a cat or gull) make a characteristic high-pitched crying noise.‘cats mewing to be fed’‘he heard mewing somewhere near the house’
miaow, meow, mewl, yowl, crycry, screech, squawkcry, crying, screech, screeching, squawkingmiaowing, meowing, mewling, yowlingView synonyms
- ‘A lone cat mewed, and hid in the only home it would find in this section of town; a trash can.’
- ‘An orange tabby cat poked its head out of the grass and mewed.’
- ‘Her cat mewed at her anxiously and snarled at Cameron, who snarled right back.’
- ‘Luke is behind her with a cat rubbing his legs, mewing for food.’
- ‘The kitten followed me, mewing at my heels, rubbing up against my ankles when I stopped in the doorway.’
- ‘Gradually he opened his eyes and the cat mewed before jumping down and shaking its head drowsily.’
- ‘Rubbing against the woman's arm, the cat mewed impatiently.’
- ‘That's because a cat began mewing from an alley nearby.’
- ‘The next house had a collection of pickaninny dolls on shelves running the length of the living room, and a plump orange cat that blinked and mewed inquisitively as he passed.’
- ‘A cat mewed, a baby cried, and something heavy fell and shattered.’
- ‘Walking into the living-room, my eyes scanned every item for clues, while the cat prowled through my legs and mewed in an effort to grab my attention.’
- ‘Her fluffy white cat mewed and jumped onto the table.’
- ‘The old surveillance cat mewed pitifully on the way.’
- ‘When I found her as a kitten, she was sitting in a ditch mewing.’
- ‘The baby was found at 3am by a Spanish holidaymaker who thought he had heard a cat mewing.’
- ‘And then suddenly, he was gone, the kitten mewing on my bed, looking slightly annoyed.’
- ‘The cat mewed again and immediately dropped down onto the sidewalk in front of the café's door for another roll-around.’
- ‘As I'm pausing to take a few photographs of the black cat, I hear mewing and jingling and here's this second cat, climbing the front steps and posing with an attitude of ownership.’
- ‘But then I go home and my kitten comes running out mewing and overwhelming my ankles with fuzzy friction until I pick it up.’
- ‘Suddenly, I was back on the couch, a black cat was sitting on my chest mewing loudly; I was completely paralyzed and I couldn't speak.’
The high-pitched cry of a cat or gull.‘a kitten's mew’
- ‘The kitten in turn nibbled on my finger and looked at me with its striking blue eyes and gave a tiny mew.’
- ‘A mew broke into Grace's thoughts, and she blinked down at the small kitten, who was attempting to make off with her fishnets.’
- ‘A mew made me look sharply at him, and he laughed as the kitten peeked from the cargo pocket on his left pant leg.’
- ‘The kitten gave her a quizzical look but did not let out a mew.’
- ‘Its call is a soft mew that could be mistaken for a cat in distress.’
- ‘Drake gave a mew, he was not to be forgotten here.’
- ‘Alana's mother placed it on Alana's lap and Alana thought she heard a small mew.’
- ‘The mystery at its heart is never very gripping, and the final twist seems both unnecessary and tame - a kitten's mew instead of a tiger's snarl.’
- ‘It sounded like a faint mew of a kitten, but I wasn't really sure.’
- ‘As she walked, she heard a fleeting mew from Ruby, who seemed to be getting anxious.’
- ‘I smiled softly and turned onto my back, remembering that Hope had been there only when she gave an annoyed mew and jumped off.’
- ‘His answer was a soft mew from Fluffy, the cat at his feet.’
- ‘Then I heard the red-head chattering and the plaintive mew of the sapsucker.’
- ‘Looking over Brie's shoulder she let out a mew of disgust.’
- ‘There was a high-pitched mew, and one of the kitten's paws slashed up against the girl's right hand.’
- ‘She grabbed him by the ankle, and he let out a small mew, jerked, and might have broken free if she had not tightened her grasp.’
- ‘The cat got off him and gave a little mew like a child guilty of stealing cookies.’
- ‘The mew of a hungry cat drifts pitifully from the nearby fish stall.’
- ‘He responded with a friendly mew and then returned to his purring.’
- ‘He's big now, but he has a faint purr, a tiny kitten peeping mew.’
Middle English: imitative.
A cage or building for trained hawks, especially while they are moulting.
- ‘Bobby hoisted his one-year-old son, Aidan, into a backpack and went to transfer two pet hawks from their outdoor weathering perch to an indoor mews.’
- ‘We do not have an outdoor mew to accommodate this size of bird and it's too cold outside for the condor now anyway.’
- ‘It was quieter here, and more orderly, with falcon mews and kennels for the Baron's hunting dogs ranged against the wall.’
1[no object] (of a trained hawk) moult.‘the eyasses clung dully to their leashes as if they were mewing’
cry, screech, squawkView synonyms
- ‘The word itself derives from the royal stables at Charing Cross in London built on the site where the royal hawks were once moulted or mewed.’
2[with object] Confine (a trained hawk) to a cage or building while moulting.‘Raoul orders his tent to be pitched and his hawks to be mewed’
- 2.1Confine (someone) in a restricting place or situation.‘a lovely wife mewed up in an Oxfordshire farmhouse’
- ‘We are also asked to believe that, out of shame at his daughter's disability, he mewed her and her late mother up in ever smaller, tighter rooms.’
- 2.1Confine (someone) in a restricting place or situation.
Late Middle English: from Old French mue, from muer to moult, from Latin mutare to change.
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