mewling; mewls; mewled

To mewl is to cry in a feeble way, like a tired baby or a sick cat. The pitiful sound of kittens as they mewl for their distracted mother is heartbreaking.

There's a pitiful quality when someone mewls, a weakness and vulnerability to the soft sound, which usually characterizes the cry of a baby or young animal. Shakespeare used it in his famous "All the world's a stage" speech from As You Like It, describing an infant "mewling and puking in the nurse's arms." Mewl is imitative, one of those words formed by mimicking the sound they describe.

Definitions of mewl
  1. verb
    cry weakly or softly
    synonyms: pule, wail, whimper
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    type of:
    cry, weep
    shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain
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