Mewling…A Cry and a Whimper

I use the word mewl a lot when I’m upset over something.

Finally, a friend asked, what the hell does mewl mean exactly?

Sometimes my affair with language gets out of hand, without me realizing I may sound slightly smug or snooty. Never the case, but when you read as much as I do, you pick up vernacular that lingers in your mouth.

Mewl: verb…cry feebly… to whine…whimper, moan and wail. Bleat, bawl, squeal and yelp…to be fretful, irritable, testy and cross.

A personal howl at the moon.

Think of a dog when it’s hurt, or a baby tiring itself out in its crib.

There are no words, just the primitive, residing in any species with a heartbeat.

Makes you wonder, do fish mewl? Turtles? Bumblebees? Those water bugs bebopping from under the fridge?

I’m voting yes.

To mewl is to express, to make our feelings known.

A lot can be said, for having a good old-fashioned mewl.


How’s that?Β  πŸ™‚




About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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37 Responses to Mewling…A Cry and a Whimper

  1. I like the howl at the moon choice. Mewling seems a little understated.

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  2. Dale says:

    For me, a mewl is closer to a whine; howling at the moon, as John said, is a much more satisfying letting out!
    Funny how your friend had never heard the word. Mewl sounds so close to the sound a kitty makes πŸ˜‰
    Happy Friday to you!


  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I know what you mean about uncommon or little used words popping into a reader’s speech. Long live expressive words.


  4. kingmidget says:

    Fish mewl. Of this there is no doubt.

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  5. It’s a very expressive word. I always love your posts about words.

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  6. robprice59 says:

    I used to be a werewolf but I’m alright noooooooooooooooooow!
    Isn’t a pair of lungs a prerequisite for mewling? Sorry to be pedantic. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Sorryless says:

    To mewl, perchance to scream . . with nuance.


  8. Thank you, Grasshopper! Just another tidbit for my knowledge bank.

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