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[myool] /myul/
verb (used without object)
to cry, as a baby, young child, or the like; whimper.
Origin of mewl
First recorded in 1590-1600; imitative
Related forms
mewler, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mewling
Historical Examples
  • Not that bib,—that mewling piece, With th' milk still in her mouth!

    The Mortal Gods and Other Plays Olive Tilford Dargan
  • It was the thought of ending my days as a drooling, mewling infant—or worse!

    A Feast of Demons William Morrison
  • Hughie is not a mewling baby to be frightened, with a warning before him!

    The Span o' Life William McLennan
  • Alan danced around the cave, hand clamped between his thighs, mewling.

  • Just as he dealt the first stroke a low, mewling cry caused him to look up.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • He was no child at his mother's knee, he was no mewling kitten—he was a Security Officer and this was subversion.

    The Mighty Dead William Campbell Gault
  • Something flopping on the rocks gave a mewling cry and somersaulted back into the water.

    Star Hunter Andre Alice Norton
  • A mewling and puking infant under these conditions is a nuisance and must be brought up elsewhere.

    France Gordon Cochrane Home
  • And what she felt when she heard the child's feeble cries, that mewling, that first effort of a human voice!

  • A low, mewling sound quavered from the man's lips, and he collapsed like an empty bag.

British Dictionary definitions for mewling


(intransitive) (esp of a baby) to cry weakly; whimper (often in the phrase mewl and puke)
such a cry
Derived Forms
mewler, noun
Word Origin
C17: imitative
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Word Origin and History for mewling



"to cry feebly," c.1600, imitative. Related: Mewled; mewling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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