One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a cat or some kinds of bird) make a characteristic high-pitched crying noise.‘a throng of cats and kittens mewing to be fed’‘the mewing of gulls’
miaow, meow, mewl, yowl, crycry, screech, squawkmiaowing, meowing, mewling, yowlingcry, crying, screech, screeching, squawkingView synonyms
- ‘Luke is behind her with a cat rubbing his legs, mewing for food.’
- ‘But then I go home and my kitten comes running out mewing and overwhelming my ankles with fuzzy friction until I pick it up.’
- ‘Gradually he opened his eyes and the cat mewed before jumping down and shaking its head drowsily.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The baby was found at 3am by a Spanish holidaymaker who thought he had heard a cat mewing.’
- ‘A lone cat mewed, and hid in the only home it would find in this section of town; a trash can.’
- ‘When I found her as a kitten, she was sitting in a ditch mewing.’
- ‘Her fluffy white cat mewed and jumped onto the table.’
- ‘A cat mewed, a baby cried, and something heavy fell and shattered.’
- ‘Rubbing against the woman's arm, the cat mewed impatiently.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The old surveillance cat mewed pitifully on the way.’
- ‘The cat mewed again and immediately dropped down onto the sidewalk in front of the café's door for another roll-around.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And then suddenly, he was gone, the kitten mewing on my bed, looking slightly annoyed.’
- ‘The kitten followed me, mewing at my heels, rubbing up against my ankles when I stopped in the doorway.’
- ‘That's because a cat began mewing from an alley nearby.’
- ‘Her cat mewed at her anxiously and snarled at Cameron, who snarled right back.’
- ‘An orange tabby cat poked its head out of the grass and mewed.’
The high-pitched crying noise made by a cat or bird.‘a kitten's mew’
- ‘Looking over Brie's shoulder she let out a mew of disgust.’
- ‘As she walked, she heard a fleeting mew from Ruby, who seemed to be getting anxious.’
- ‘The kitten gave her a quizzical look but did not let out a mew.’
- ‘It sounded like a faint mew of a kitten, but I wasn't really sure.’
- ‘Its call is a soft mew that could be mistaken for a cat in distress.’
- ‘I smiled softly and turned onto my back, remembering that Hope had been there only when she gave an annoyed mew and jumped off.’
- ‘There was a high-pitched mew, and one of the kitten's paws slashed up against the girl's right hand.’
- ‘A mew broke into Grace's thoughts, and she blinked down at the small kitten, who was attempting to make off with her fishnets.’
- ‘He's big now, but he has a faint purr, a tiny kitten peeping mew.’
- ‘The mew of a hungry cat drifts pitifully from the nearby fish stall.’
- ‘Drake gave a mew, he was not to be forgotten here.’
- ‘Then I heard the red-head chattering and the plaintive mew of the sapsucker.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He responded with a friendly mew and then returned to his purring.’
- ‘The kitten in turn nibbled on my finger and looked at me with its striking blue eyes and gave a tiny mew.’
- ‘His answer was a soft mew from Fluffy, the cat at his feet.’
- ‘A mew made me look sharply at him, and he laughed as the kitten peeked from the cargo pocket on his left pant leg.’
- ‘Alana's mother placed it on Alana's lap and Alana thought she heard a small mew.’
- ‘The cat got off him and gave a little mew like a child guilty of stealing cookies.’
- ‘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.’
Middle English: imitative.
A cage or building for trained hawks, especially while they are molting.
- ‘It was quieter here, and more orderly, with falcon mews and kennels for the Baron's hunting dogs ranged against the wall.’
- ‘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.’
1no object (of a trained hawk) molt.
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.’
2with object Confine (a trained hawk) to a cage or building at the time of molting.
Late Middle English: from Old French mue, from muer ‘to molt’, from Latin mutare ‘to change’.
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