[ mee-ou, myou ]
See synonyms for: meowmeowedmeowing on

  1. the characteristic sound a cat makes.

  2. a spiteful or catty remark.

verb (used without object)
  1. to make the sound of a cat.

  2. to make a spiteful or catty remark.

Origin of meow

First recorded in 1870–75; imitative
  • Sometimes mi·aou, mi·aow; mi·aul [mee-oul, mee-awl] /miˈaʊl, miˈɔl/ .

Words Nearby meow Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use meow in a sentence

  • Jeremiah remembered his former unhappy experience, apparently, for with one despairing meow he disappeared down the chimney.

  • I nearly fell in, myself, trying to get it out, but the well was deep and I couldn't raise a meow or a whisker.

    From the Car Behind | Eleanor M. Ingram

British Dictionary definitions for meow


miaou or miaow miaul (mɪˈaʊl, mjaʊl)

/ (mɪˈaʊ, mjaʊ) /

  1. (intr) (of a cat) to make a characteristic crying sound

  1. an imitation of this sound

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