meow

or mi·aow, mi·aou

[ mee-ou, myou ]
/ miˈaʊ, myaʊ /

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

Origin of meow

First recorded in 1870–75; imitative

Definition for miaul (2 of 2)

miaow
[ mee-ou, myou ]
/ miˈaʊ, myaʊ /

noun, verb (used without object)

Also mi·aou, mi·aul [mee-oul, mee-awl] /miˈaʊl, miˈɔl/.
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British Dictionary definitions for miaul (1 of 2)

miaul
/ (mɪˈaʊl) /

verb

(intr) another word for meow

British Dictionary definitions for miaul (2 of 2)

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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