- to cry, as a baby, young child, or the like; whimper.
Origin of mewl
First recorded in 1590–1600; imitative
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Related Words for mewlmoan, sob, wail, whimper, grieve, mourn, complain, howl, weep, grumble, groan, sigh, fret, yelp, whine, cry, screech, bawl, bay, squall
- (intr) (esp of a baby) to cry weakly; whimper (often in the phrase mewl and puke)
- such a cry
Word Origin for mewl
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"to cry feebly," c.1600, imitative. Related: Mewled; mewling.
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