meow

or mi·aow, mi·aou

[mee-ou, myou]

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.

Sometimes mi·aul [mee-oul, mee-awl] /miˈaʊl, miˈɔl/.

Origin of meow

First recorded in 1870–75; imitative

miaow

[mee-ou, myou]

noun, verb (used without object)

Also mi·aou, mi·aul [mee-oul, mee-awl] /miˈaʊl, miˈɔl/.
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British Dictionary definitions for miaoued

meow

miaou or miaow miaul (mɪˈaʊl, mjaʊl)

verb

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

interjection

an imitation of this sound
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Word Origin and History for miaoued

meow

n.

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.

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