mewled; mewling; mewls

intransitive verb

: to cry weakly : whimper

Examples of mewl in a Sentence

the tiny kitten mewled for its mother
Recent Examples on the Web Tannahill, now jerked upside down, would mewl and scream and clamber down a wall. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2023 That’s the music I was raised on: Morrissey’s mewling over beautiful, peppy Johnny Marr guitar parts. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 16 Mar. 2018 Somewhere in the dark of the room, a kitten mewled. James Queally and Anh Do,, 9 Oct. 2017 The cats, which spent the first day mewling, have mellowed out. Warren Richey, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Sep. 2017

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Word History



First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mewl was in 1600

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Cite this Entry

“Mewl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to cry weakly : whimper
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