maw

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See also: MAW, maw-, and mąw-

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English mawe, maghe, maȝe, from Old English maga(stomach; maw), from Proto-Germanic *magô(belly; stomach), from Proto-Indo-European *mak-, *maks-(bag, bellows, belly). Cognate with West Frisian mage, Dutch maag(stomach; belly), German Low German Maag, German Magen(stomach), Danish mave, Swedish mage(stomach; belly), and also with Welsh megin(bellows), archaic Russian мошна́(mošná, pocket, bag), Lithuanian mãkas(purse).

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
  3. Any large, insatiable or perilous opening.
  4. Appetite; inclination.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher:
      Unless you had more maw to do me good.
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Etymology 2[edit]

By shortening of mother

Noun[edit]

maw (plural maws)

  1. (dialect, colloquial) Mother.

Etymology 3[edit]

See mew(a gull).

Noun[edit]

maw (plural maws)

  1. A gull.

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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 (using Unified Alphabet)

  1. rain