mewl

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mewl cry weakly or softly "she wailed with pain"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Mewl To cry, as a young child; to squall.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mewl To cry as a cat; mew.
    • mewl To cry as a child.
    • n mewl The cry of a child.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Mewl mūl (Shak.) to cry as an infant.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. miauler, to mew, E. mew, to cry as a cat. Cf. Miaul
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Imit.

Usage

In literature:

You think of nothing but that mewling, senseless thing!
"Frances Waldeaux" by Rebecca Harding Davis
The new-born babe mewls on the mother's breast, in a hammock formed out of a kerchief.
"The Life of the Spider" by J. Henri Fabre
The new-born babe mewls on the mother's breast, in a hammock formed out of a kerchief.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
Mewling has just come in,' she whispered.
"Demos" by George Gissing
They're hidin' behind that bewt, 'n' they've got my mewl.
"Overland" by John William De Forest
And what she felt when she heard the child's feeble cries, that mewling, that first effort of a human voice!
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume III (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
Something flopping on the rocks gave a mewling cry and somersaulted back into the water.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
The suckling infant 'mewling and puking in its mother's arms.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Then I felt the spine snap and the dead thing mewled once, just air escaping from collapsing lungs, and slid limp from my thigh.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Why, you and I have no mother, but I never mewled and moaned thereafter.
"All's Well" by Emily Sarah Holt
At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
"Practical English Composition: Book II." by Edwin L. Miller
Before the thunder of his eloquence the mewlings of faction must have died away.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
He jes' turned the mewl loost an' says to keep the pack till yo' pa come back, an' larruped off.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
A low, mewling sound quavered from the man's lips, and he collapsed like an empty bag.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
It's that there Shadowlegs that beats me with his mewling.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare
Hughie is not a mewling baby to be frightened, with a warning before him!
"The Span o' Life" by William McLennan
To think how often I dandled you on my knee when you were a mewling baby.
"Barbara Ladd" by Charles G. D. Roberts
A mewling and puking infant under these conditions is a nuisance and must be brought up elsewhere.
"France" by Gordon Cochrane Home
Here's yer ole and faithful mewl!
"Hoosier Mosaics" by Maurice Thompson
Now, no mewling and pewking.
"In the Roar of the Sea" by Sabine Baring-Gould
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In poetry:

Cat’s mewling, sky’s
sibilances, these
are the thieves of my ease? What else waits
in the dark where loneliness hides?
"Dark Where Loneliness Hides" by Tatamkhulu Afrika

In news:

The mewling from the left was bound to happen.
Like throwing a growling mastiff in with a mewling kitten.
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