meow

[mee-ou, myou]
noun
1.
the characteristic sound a cat makes.
2.
a spiteful or catty remark.
verb (used without object)
3.
to make the sound of a cat.
4.
to make a spiteful or catty remark.
Also, miaow, miaou, miaul.


Origin:
1870–75; imitative

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meow, miaou, miaow or miaul (mɪˈaʊ, mjaʊ, mɪˈaʊ, mjaʊ, mɪˈaʊ, mjaʊ, mɪˈaʊl, mjaʊl)
 
vb
1.  (intr) (of a cat) to make a characteristic crying sound
 
interj
2.  an imitation of this sound
 
miaou, miaou, miaow or miaul
 
vb
 
interj
 
miaow, miaou, miaow or miaul
 
vb
 
interj
 
miaul, miaou, miaow or miaul
 
vb
 
interj

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meow
1873, earlier miaow, also miau (1634), meaw (1632). Of imitative origin, cf. Fr. miaou, Ger. miauen, Pers. maw, Japanese nya nya, Ar. nau-nau. In Chinese, miau means "cat."
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Example sentences
But scientists say none of these animals can learn to bark, meow, or growl in a new way.
One noticeable difference, however, is that every lyric has been replaced by their studio engineer singing the word meow.
The loud meow demanded attention and priority over opening other gifts.
They meow and complain for a few weeks but finally get over it and start entertaining each other at night.
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