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verb (used without object)
  1. to cry, as a baby, young child, or the like; whimper.
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Origin of mewl

First recorded in 1590–1600; imitative
Related formsmewl·er, noun
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Related Words

groan, wail, roar, outcry, whine, shout, whistle, cheer, chatter, clamor, grunt, shriek, scream, howl, moan, sob, whimper, grieve, mourn, complain

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

British Dictionary definitions for mewling


  1. (intr) (esp of a baby) to cry weakly; whimper (often in the phrase mewl and puke)
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  1. such a cry
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Derived Formsmewler, noun

Word Origin

C17: imitative
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Word Origin and History for mewling



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

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