[ 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 formsmewl·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mewl

  • She sais Ah git a mewl an' a fahm an' thousan' dollehs money fum yo' Nawthen President an' we all live lahk th' quality.

    The Boss of Little Arcady|Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for mewl


/ (mjuːl) /


(intr) (esp of a baby) to cry weakly; whimper (often in the phrase mewl and puke)


such a cry
Derived Formsmewler, noun

Word Origin for mewl

C17: imitative
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Word Origin and History for mewl



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper