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
Examples from the Web for miaou
Historical Examples of miaou
And while he was doing this she went up to the palace gate and said: "Miaou, miaou, miaou!"
And when she came outside the palace gate she cried out, "Miaou."
The sound of scuffling feet and a long-drawnout and distant "Miaou!"A Family Man (From the Fifth Series Plays)
The boys and girls, in turn, come to the other side of the door and call out "miaou."Games For All Occasions
Mary E. Blain
- variant spellings of meow
miaou or miaow miaul (mɪˈaʊl, mjaʊl)
- (intr) (of a cat) to make a characteristic crying sound
- an imitation of this sound
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.