And when she came outside the palace gate she cried out, "miaou."
The boys and girls, in turn, come to the other side of the door and call out "miaou."
And while he was doing this she went up to the palace gate and said: "miaou, miaou, miaou!"
The sound of scuffling feet and a long-drawnout and distant "miaou!"
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.