Definition of maw in English:


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Pronunciation: /mɔː


1The jaws or throat of a voracious animal: a gigantic wolfhound with a fearful, gaping maw
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  • The four-foot long furry slug raised itself up around her shoulders and a cavernous maw gaped at me.
  • Others present gaping maws surrounded by rows of shell-like tubes from which little tongues seem to project.
  • The stores that faced out into the streets did so with wide, gaping maws created by the shattered state of their glass windows.
1.1 informal The mouth or gullet of a greedy person: I was cramming large pieces of toast and cheese down my maw
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  • I'm going to jam every bit of everything offered into my greedy maw until my curiosity is assuaged.
  • However, decay is an inevitable consequence of life and even though we taxpayers heave a collective shudder at the thought of strange men rooting around in the maws of our leaders, we have to accept that they, too, are human.
  • No posting until I've shoveled some antibiotics into my maw.
mouth, jaws, muzzle, throat, gullet
informal trap, chops, kisser
British informal gob


Old English maga (in the sense 'stomach'), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch maag and German Magen 'stomach'.

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