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- IPA(key): /fluː/, /fluʊ̯/
- (dated) IPA(key): /fljuː/
- Rhymes: -uː
- Homophones: flu, flue
flew (plural flews)
- (chiefly plural) The thick, dangling upper lip of certain breeds of dog, or the canine equivalent of the upper lip.
- The raging hound's flews were twisted upwards in an angry snarl.
- 1994, Jonathan Kellerman, Bad Love (Alex Delaware; 8):
- He petted the dog. 'These little guys are pretty expensive and this one looks like a good specimen.' He lifted a flew. 'Well cared for, too - these teeth have been scaled pretty recently and his ears are clean - these upright ears can be receptacles for all kinds of stuff […] .' anyway, what seems to be your problem with him?'
- 2014, Melanie Forde, “SIX — Goblins”, in Hillwilla: A Novel, Mountain Lake Press:
- During the recitation, Eltie remained on her haunches, as she looked into Ralph's eyes, pulled down an eyelid, flipped up a flew, felt around his ribcage.
- 2010, Dogs All-in-One For Dummies, →ISBN, page 347:
- Gently go over your dog's face with the washcloth until it's clean. Be sure to wash the flews, or the hanging skin around the mouth.
- 2013, Edward M. Gilbert, Jr, Patricia H. Gilbert, “Flews”, in Encyclopedia of K9 Terminology, →ISBN:
- In the case of the Gordon Sette, the flews are not pendulous. The lip line from the nose to the flews shows a sharp, well-defined, square contour.
From Middle English flew, flow, from Old English flēag, flug-, from Proto-Germanic *flaug, *flug-, past tense forms of Proto-Germanic *fleuganą (“to fly”). Compare Saterland Frisian flooch (“flew”), West Frisian fleach (“flew”), Dutch vloog (“flew”), German flog (“flew”), Danish fløj (“flew”), Swedish flög (“flew”), Icelandic flaug (“flew”).
- simple past of
- Soft mutation of .
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.|