noun, plural mice [mahys] /maɪs/.
verb (used with object), moused, mous·ing.
verb (used without object), moused, mous·ing.
Origin of mouse
Examples from the Web for mouse
Contemporary Examples of mouse
So Western governments are caught in a cat-and-mouse game and at times it is unclear who is the cat and who the mouse.ISIS Has a Message. Do We?
December 8, 2014
Even the original score to the song labels the singing parts, “Mouse” (the woman) and “Wolf” (the man).The Most WTF Covers of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ Everyone’s Favorite Date-Rape Holiday Classic
November 19, 2014
The episode was titled “Cat and Mouse” and it follows in the pattern of classic Serlingesque plot twists.How a War-Weary Vet Created ‘The Twilight Zone’
November 13, 2014
In the event, in the long cat and mouse game that Stalin played with him, the cat did not pounce.When Stalin Met Lady Macbeth
November 9, 2014
In another study, children saw a puppet show where a mouse was eaten by an alligator.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?
November 9, 2014
Historical Examples of mouse
Lockwood continued to watch Duncan with the air of a cat eyeing a mouse.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
It is better to be torn to pieces at a spring, than to be a mouse at the caprice of such a cat.'Little Dorrit
The mouse gnawed a hole in the chest, and fetched out the ring.
Then the cat carried the mouse to the house in which the chest stood.
That thing had me fooled; I thought at first it was a Russian mouse hound.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
noun (maʊs) plural mice (maɪs)
Word Origin for mouse
Old English mus "small rodent," also "muscle of the arm," from Proto-Germanic *mus (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Danish, Swedish mus, Dutch muis, German Maus "mouse"), from PIE *mus- (cf. Sanskrit mus "mouse, rat," Old Persian mush "mouse," Old Church Slavonic mysu, Latin mus, Lithuanian muse "mouse," Greek mys "mouse, muscle").
Plural form mice (Old English mys) shows effects of i-mutation. Contrasted with man (n.) from 1620s. Meaning "black eye" (or other discolored lump) is from 1842. Computer sense is from 1965, though applied to other things resembling a mouse in shape since 1750, mainly nautical.
Parturiunt montes, nascetur ridiculus mus [Horace]
"to hunt mice," mid-13c., from mouse (n.). Related: Moused; mousing.
Plural mice (mīs) or mouses
A common device that allows the user to reposition an arrow on their computer screen in order to activate desired applications. The term mouse comes from the appearance of the device, with the cord to the main computer being seen as a tail of sorts.
see play cat and mouse; poor as a churchmouse; quiet as a mouse. Also see under mice.