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meow

[mee-ou, myou] /miˈaʊ, myaʊ/
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
1870-1875
1870-75; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for meows

meow

/mɪˈaʊ; mjaʊ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (of a cat) to make a characteristic crying sound
interjection
2.
an imitation of this sound
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Word Origin and History for meows

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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Slang definitions & phrases for meows

meow

Related Terms

the cat's meow


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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