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Pronunciation 1[edit]


shew (third-person singular simple present shews, present participle shewing, simple past shewed, past participle shewed or shewn)

  1. Archaic spelling of show.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981:
      , Genesis 12:1
      Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981:
      , Ruth 2:19
      And she shewed her mother in law with whom she had wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz.
    • 1774, “The Governor surprized the Natchez with seven hundred Men.”, in The History of Louisiana: Or of the Western Parts of Virginia and Carolina: Containing a Description of the Countries that Lie on Both Sides of the River Mississippi: with an Account of the Settlements, Inhabitants, Soil, Climate, and Products[1], London: T. Becket, translation of original by Le Page Du Pratz, page 42:
      I give it you without any other design than to shew you that I reckon nothing dear to me, when I want to do you a pleasure.
    • 1786: Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page xiv.
      The section shewing its concavity and handle.
    • 1843: Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, Book 2, Ch. 5, Twelfth Century
      We have Processions, Preachings, Festivals, Christmas Plays, Mysteries shewn in the Churchyard, at which latter the Townsfolk sometimes quarrel.
    • 1884: Edwin A. Abbott, Flatland, Sec. 4, Concerning the Women
      But, as I shall soon shew, this custom, though it has the advantage of safety, is not without its disadvantages.
    • 1908: T. J. I'a Bromwich, An Introduction to the Theory of Infinite Series, Power Series, Derangement of expansions.
      Expand the series powers of x, shewing that the coefficient of is .
    • 1913, John Bagnell Bury, “The Expansion of the Saracens—The East; Historical aspect of Islam”, in Henry Melvill Gwatkin and James Pounder Whitney, editor, The Cambridge Medieval History, volume 2, New York: The Macmillan Company, translation of original by Carl Heinrich Becker, published 1967, The Rise of the Saracens and the foundation of the Western Empire, page 330:
      Within the Christian sphere this current shews itself more especially in the territories of the Greek and Aramaic languages, and the difference between the Greek and Latin Churches is mainly that between Asia and Europe.
    • 1921: Marcel Proust translated by C. K. Moncrieff, Swann's Way, page 1.
      I would ask myself what o'clock it could be; I could hear the whistling of trains, which, now nearer and now farther off, punctuating the distance like the note of a bird in a forest, shewed me in perspective the deserted countryside through which a traveller would be hurrying towards the nearest station: the path that he followed being fixed forever in his memory but the general excitement due to being in a strange place, to farewells exchanged beneath an unfamiliar lamp which echoed still in his ears amid the silence of the night; and to the delightful prospect of being once again at home.


shew (plural shews)

  1. Archaic spelling of show.

Pronunciation 2[edit]



  1. (East Anglia) simple past tense of show
    As I travelled, the signposts shew me the way.