maw

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See also: Maw, MAW, maw-, and mąw-

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English mawe, maghe, maȝe, from Old English maga (stomach; maw), from Proto-West Germanic *magō, from Proto-Germanic *magô (belly; stomach), from Proto-Indo-European *mak-, *maks- (bag, bellows, belly).

Noun[edit]

maw (plural maws)

  1. (archaic) The stomach, especially of an animal.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book X:
      So Death shall be deceav'd his glut, and with us two / Be forc'd to satisfie his Rav'nous Maw.
  2. The upper digestive tract (where food enters the body), especially the mouth and jaws of a fearsome and ravenous creature.
    • 1818, John Keats, Endymion
      To save poor lambkins from the eagle's maw
    • 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, chapter 9, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299:
      “I saw the opening maw of hell, With endless pains and sorrows there; Which none but they that feel can tell— Oh, I was plunging to despair.
    • 1981, William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, London: Rider/Hutchinson & Co., page 23:
      Adam requires a touch of feminine lace and a whisper of diaphanous silk, not a direct vision of the gaping maw of the human vulva.
  3. (slang, derogatory) The mouth.
    Synonyms: trap, yap
    Shut your maw!
  4. Any large, insatiable or perilous opening.
  5. Appetite; inclination.
Translations[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

By shortening of mother

Noun[edit]

maw (plural maws)

  1. (dialect, colloquial) Mother.

Etymology 3[edit]

See mew (a gull), måke (a gull)

Noun[edit]

maw (plural maws)

  1. A gull.

Anagrams[edit]


Abinomn[edit]

Noun[edit]

maw

  1. butterfly

Cornish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

maw m

  1. boy
    Me a wrug desky Kernowak termyn me ve maw.
    I learnt Cornish when I was a boy.

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Mapudungun[edit]

Noun[edit]

maw (Unified spelling)

  1. rain

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

maw

  1. Alternative form of mawe (stomach)

Somali[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Cushitic *ma?-/*miʔ- (to be wet) from Proto-Afroasiatic *maʔ-. Compare Egyptian mw, Aasax maʔa, also Dahalo maʔa; Hebrew מים(máyim),
Classical Syriac ܡܝܐ(mayyā) and Somali maanyo and Somali ma'wi.

Noun[edit]

maw m (plural mawooyin m)

  1. water container, water-jar

References[edit]

  • Puglielli, Annarita; Mansuur, Cabdalla Cumar (2012), “ma'wi”, in Qaamuuska Af-Soomaliga, Rome: RomaTrE-Press, →ISBN, page 613