There are 2 definitions of mew in English:

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Pronunciation: /mjuː
 
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verb

[no object]

noun

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  • The high-pitched cry of a cat or gull: a kitten’s mew
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    • There was a high-pitched mew, and one of the kitten's paws slashed up against the girl's right hand.
    • It sounded like a faint mew of a kitten, but I wasn't really sure.
    • He's big now, but he has a faint purr, a tiny kitten peeping mew.

Origin

Middle English: imitative.

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There are 2 definitions of mew in English:

mew2

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Pronunciation: /mjuː
 
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Falconry

noun

(usually mews)
  • A cage or building for trained hawks, especially while they are moulting.
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    • 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.

verb

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  • 1 [no object] (Of a trained hawk) moult: the eyasses clung dully to their leashes as if they were mewing
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    • 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
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    • 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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French mue, from muer 'to moult', from Latin mutare 'to change'.

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