or mi·aow, mi·aou
- the characteristic sound a cat makes.
- a spiteful or catty remark.
- to make the sound of a cat.
- to make a spiteful or catty remark.
Origin of meow
Related Words for meowgroan, wail, roar, outcry, whine, shout, whistle, cheer, chatter, clamor, grunt, shriek, scream, howl, growl, exclaim, whoop, holler, coo, bark
Examples from the Web for meow
Historical Examples of meow
"Meow," my father said, and I believed my heart broke then and there.My Father, the Cat
He would bleed her, and his French—la, my cat can meow better French.The Red City
S. Weir Mitchell
"They meow and cry like everything on the back fence," said the third fiddler.The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Jr.
That is what dogs do when they bay at the moon, cats when they meow, and the birds when they sing.Musical Memories
But if Wright did not understand me, as I hoped he would not, my husband did, and his inevitable "Meow!"Mavis of Green Hill
miaou or miaow miaul (mɪˈaʊl, mjaʊl)
- (intr) (of a cat) to make a characteristic crying sound
- an imitation of this sound
Word Origin and History for 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.