meow

[ mee-ou, myou ]
/ miˈaʊ, myaʊ /
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noun

the characteristic sound a cat makes.
a spiteful or catty remark.

verb (used without object)

to make the sound of a cat.
to make a spiteful or catty remark.

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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Sometimes mi·aou, mi·aow; mi·aul [mee-oul, mee-awl] /miˈaʊl, miˈɔl/ .

Origin of meow

First recorded in 1870–75; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for meow

meow

miaou or miaow miaul (mɪˈaʊl, mjaʊl)

/ (mɪˈaʊ, mjaʊ) /

verb

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

interjection

an imitation of this sound
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