Definition of mewl in English:


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Pronunciation: /mjuːl


[no object] (often as adjective mewling)
1(Especially of a baby) cry feebly or querulously; whimper: dozens of mewling babies
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  • She rocks the baby, who is mewling hopefully near her breast.
  • The little Orion whimpered and mewled quietly, helpless to everything around him.
  • In his ‘As You Like It’, Shakespeare traced the life of a man from mewling infant to whining schoolboy to sighing lover, to cursing soldier, to pompous middle age and piping old age and then.
1.1(Of a cat or gull) mew: the mewling cry of a hawk
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  • In response, their debut single for the major was a playful, painful cover of Al Green's ‘L.O.V.E. Love’ which featured a tortured sounding man trying to hit the high notes like an alley cat mewling on a fence.
  • The cat was mewling piteously the other day and I said ‘she sounds like a siren.’
  • The little girl's soft, dusty blonde locks brushed the screen and her high-pitched protests sounded like a kitten mewling.


late Middle English: imitative; compare with miaul.

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