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Meaning of pew by Wiktionary Dictionary




    • ( US, UK ) IPA: /pjuː/, X-SAMPA: /pju:/
    • Rhymes: -uː

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English pewe, from Middle French puie ( “balustrade” ), from Latin podia, plural of podium ( “parapet, podium” ), from Ancient Greek πόδιον ( podion, “little foot” ), from πούς ( pous, “foot” ) .


    pew ( plural: pews )

    1. One of the long benches in a church, seating several persons, usually fixed to the floor and facing the chancel .
      In many churches some pews are reserved for either clerical or liturgical officials such as canons, or for prominent families
    2. An enclosed compartment in a church which provides seating for a group of people, often a prominent family.
    Derived terms


    pew ( third-person singular simple present pews present participle pewing, simple past and past participle pewed )

    1. To furnish with pews .
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    Etymology 2

    Possibly from French putois ( “skunk” ) or puer ( “to stink” ) or a truncation of putrid .

    Alternative form

    • P U, P.U .
    • peeyoo
    • phew

    Etymology 3

    Onomatopoetic .



    1. Representative of the sound made by the firing of a machine gun .


    • WEP

    See also

    • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

Explanation of pew by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. long bench with backs

    Definition of pew by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Pew ( pū ), n. [OE. pewe, OF. puie parapet, balustrade, balcony, fr. L. podium an elevated place, a jutty, balcony, a parapet or balcony in the circus, where the emperor and other distinguished persons sat, Gr. πόδιον, dim. of πούς, ποδός, foot; -- hence the Latin sense of a raised place ( orig. as a rest or support for the foot ). See Foot, and cf. Podium, Poy.]
      1. One of the compartments in a church which are separated by low partitions, and have long seats upon which several persons may sit; -- sometimes called slip. Pews were originally made square, but are now usually long and narrow.

      2. Any structure shaped like a church pew, as a stall, formerly used by money lenders, etc.; a box in theater; a pen; a sheepfold. [Obs.] Pepys. Milton.

      Pew opener, an usher in a church. [Eng.] Dickens.

    2. Pew, v. t. To furnish with pews. [R.] Ash.