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
Historical Examples of 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
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.