What does mouse mean?

Definitions for mouse
maʊs; maʊz; maɪsmouse

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mouse.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mouse(noun)

    any of numerous small rodents typically resembling diminutive rats having pointed snouts and small ears on elongated bodies with slender usually hairless tails

  2. shiner, black eye, mouse(noun)

    a swollen bruise caused by a blow to the eye

  3. mouse(noun)

    person who is quiet or timid

  4. mouse, computer mouse(verb)

    a hand-operated electronic device that controls the coordinates of a cursor on your computer screen as you move it around on a pad; on the bottom of the device is a ball that rolls on the surface of the pad

    "a mouse takes much more room than a trackball"

  5. sneak, mouse, creep, pussyfoot(verb)

    to go stealthily or furtively

    "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house"

  6. mouse(verb)

    manipulate the mouse of a computer


  1. mouse(Noun)

    Any small rodent of the genus Mus

  2. mouse(Noun)

    A member of the many small rodent and marsupial species resembling such a rodent.

  3. mouse(Noun)

    A quiet or shy person.

  4. mouse(Noun)

    (plural mice or, rarely, mouses) An input device that is moved over a pad or other flat surface to produce a corresponding movement of a pointer on a graphical display.

  5. mouse(Noun)


  6. mouse(Verb)

    To move cautiously or furtively, in the manner of a mouse (the rodent) (frequently used in the phrasal verb to mouse around).

  7. mouse(Verb)

    To hunt or catch mice (the rodents), usually of cats.

  8. mouse(Verb)

    To close the mouth of a hook by a careful binding of marline or wire.

    Captain Higgins moused the hook with a bit of marline to prevent the block beckets from falling out under slack.

  9. mouse(Verb)

    To navigate by means of a computer mouse.

  10. Origin: From mous, from mus, from mūs, from muh₂s.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mouse(noun)

    any one of numerous species of small rodents belonging to the genus Mus and various related genera of the family Muridae. The common house mouse (Mus musculus) is found in nearly all countries. The American white-footed, or deer, mouse (Hesperomys leucopus) sometimes lives in houses. See Dormouse, Meadow mouse, under Meadow, and Harvest mouse, under Harvest

  2. Mouse(noun)

    a knob made on a rope with spun yarn or parceling to prevent a running eye from slipping

  3. Mouse(noun)

    same as 2d Mousing, 2

  4. Mouse(noun)

    a familiar term of endearment

  5. Mouse(noun)

    a dark-colored swelling caused by a blow

  6. Mouse(noun)

    a match used in firing guns or blasting

  7. Mouse(verb)

    to watch for and catch mice

  8. Mouse(verb)

    to watch for or pursue anything in a sly manner; to pry about, on the lookout for something

  9. Mouse(verb)

    to tear, as a cat devours a mouse

  10. Mouse(verb)

    to furnish with a mouse; to secure by means of a mousing. See Mouse, n., 2

  11. Origin: [OE. mous, mus, AS. ms, pl. ms; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. & Icel. ms, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr. my^s, Skr. msh mouse, mush to steal. 277. Cf. Muscle, Musk.]


  1. Mouse

    In computing, a mouse is a pointing device that functions by detecting two-dimensional motion relative to its supporting surface. Physically, a mouse consists of an object held under one of the user's hands, with one or more buttons. The mouse sometimes features other elements, such as "wheels", which allow the user to perform various system-dependent operations, or extra buttons or features that can add more control or dimensional input. The mouse's motion typically translates into the motion of a pointer on a display, which allows for fine control of a graphical user interface.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mouse

    mows, n. a little rodent animal found in houses and in the fields:—pl. Mice (mīs): one of various animals like the mouse, the flitter-mouse, shrew-mouse: part of a hind-leg of beef, next the round—also Mouse′-butt′ock and Mouse′-piece: a match for firing a cannon or mine: a small cushion for a woman's hair: (slang) a black eye, or discoloured swelling: a term of endearment.—v.t. and v.i. (mowz), to hunt for mice: to pursue slyly: to prowl: to tear as a cat tears a mouse: (naut.) to pass a turn or two of rope yarn round the point of a tackle-hook to prevent its unhooking.—ns. Mouse′-ear, a name of several plants with soft leaves shaped like a mouse's ear; Mouse′-hole, a hole for mice: a small hole or opening; Mouse′-hunt (Shak.), a mouser; Mouse′kin, Mous′ie, a young mouse; Mous′er, a catcher of mice; Mous′ery, a resort of mice; Mouse′-sight, myopia; Mouse′tail, a small plant with a spike of seed-vessels very like the tail of a mouse; Mouse′-trap, a trap for catching mice; Mous′ing, act of catching mice.—adj. given to catching mice.—adj. Mous′y, like a mouse in colour or smell: abounding with mice. [A.S. mús, pl. mýs; Ger. maus, L. and Gr. mus.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. MOUSE

    The frequent cause of a rise in cotton. All gone to 6's and 7's--Ladies' Footwear in Chicago. N Time and tide wait for no man--But time always stands still for a woman of thirty. NATURE The author of "The Seasons," an interesting work over which Spring pours, Summer smiles, and Autumn turns the leaves while Winter catches the drift of it all.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mouse

    A kind of ball or knob, wrought on the collars of stays by means of spun-yarn, higher parcelling, &c. The mouse prevents the running eye from slipping. (See PUDDENING.) Also, a match used in firing a mine. Also, a mark made upon braces and other ropes, to show their squaring or tallying home.--To mouse a hook, to put a turn or two of rope-yarn round the point of a tackle-hook and its neck to prevent its unhooking.--To raise a mouse, to strike a blow which produces a lump.

Editors Contribution

  1. mouse

    A type of electronic device and product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles used to connect to a computer, screen, laptop or electronic device to control the coordinates of a cursor on your computer screen or display screen.

    A computer mouse comes in many forms, some you connect with a cable to a computer, some are wireless, some you operate by moving others you move via a tracker ball on a support.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 10, 2017  

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mouse' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3451

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mouse' in Nouns Frequency: #1459

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mouse in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mouse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of mouse in a Sentence

  1. Danish proverb:

    What is play to the cat is death to the mouse.

  2. Romanian Proverb:

    Better a mouse in the pot than no meat at all.

  3. Vikrant Parsai:

    The mouse never takes the advice from the cat.

  4. Nigerian Proverb:

    When the mouse laughs at the cat there is a hole nearby.

  5. Walt Disney:

    I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.

Images & Illustrations of mouse

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