- (Of a cat or gull) make a characteristic high-pitched crying noise: cats mewing to be fed (as noun mewing) he heard mewing somewhere near the houseMore example sentences
- The baby was found at 3am by a Spanish holidaymaker who thought he had heard a cat mewing.
- That's because a cat began mewing from an alley nearby.
- The old surveillance cat mewed pitifully on the way.
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- The high-pitched cry of a cat or gull: a kitten’s mewMore example sentences
- 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.
Middle English: imitative.
- A cage or building for trained hawks, especially while they are moulting.More example sentences
- 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.
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- 1 [no object] (Of a trained hawk) moult: the eyasses clung dully to their leashes as if they were mewingMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1Confine (someone) in a restricting place or situation: a lovely wife mewed up in an Oxfordshire farmhouseMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Old French mue, from muer 'to moult', from Latin mutare 'to change'.