AskDefine | Define mew

Dictionary Definition



1 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 cry like a cat; "the cat meowed" [syn: meow]
2 utter a high-pitched cry, as of seagulls

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /mjuː/
    Rhymes with: -juː

Etymology 1

From mæw, cognate with Dutch meeuw, French mauve, mouette, West Frisian meau, German Möwe, Icelandic máfur, Lithuanian mevas, Polish mewa, and probably with Old Norse mār, Swedish mås, Danish måge, Norwegian måke, all derived from *maigwis.


  1. A gull, seagull.
gull or seagull

Etymology 2



  1. The crying sound of a cat; a meow.
crying sound of a cat


  1. In the context of "of a cat}} To meow.


Extensive Definition

The word mew can refer to:
The abbreviation MEW can refer to:

See also

mew in German: MEW
mew in French: Mew
mew in Italian: MEW
mew in Dutch: Mew
mew in Japanese: MEW
mew in Norwegian: Mew
mew in Polish: Mew
mew in Simple English: Mew
mew in Finnish: Mew

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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