The big Maltese cat did not like to hear the whistle so close to his27 ears; it made his ears hurt, so he said “meow!”
"meow," my father said, and I believed my heart broke then and there.
"I have slight suggestion, perhaps merely cat's meow and not worthy exalted attention," he offered.
He would bleed her, and his French—la, my cat can meow better French.
Why, if they wanted to stand on their heads and meow like cats, I would bark an accompaniment cause I like them so.
"They meow and cry like everything on the back fence," said the third fiddler.
"meow," said Black Pussy, arching her back and rubbing against his legs.
That is what dogs do when they bay at the moon, cats when they meow, and the birds when they sing.
A pair of yellow eyes peered around the window-sill, and a plaintive "meow" begged for admittance.
But if Wright did not understand me, as I hoped he would not, my husband did, and his inevitable "meow!"
representation of cat sound, 1842, earlier miaow, miau, meaw (1630s). Of imitative origin, cf. French miaou, German miauen, Persian maw, Japanese nya nya, Arabic nau-nau, and Joyce's mrkgnao. In Chinese, miau means "cat." As a verb by 1630s, meaw, also meawle. Cf. Old French miauer "to meow, caterwaul." Related: Meowed; meowing.