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 miaow
A smothered “miaow” and the scratching of claws on wood arrested her attention, and she went hurriedly to the door.Ladies-In-Waiting
Kate Douglas Wiggin
A less effective precaution is to sit up all night near the vegetable garden and miaow.
More, he promptly darted in and sprang upon Anne's lap with a half-pleading, half-triumphant "miaow."Anne Of The Island
Lucy Maud Montgomery
A short "miaow," a spitting, and a rush into silence, spoke reassuringly of cats.Twelve Stories and a Dream
H. G. Wells
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 miaow
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.