A short "miaow," a spitting, and a rush into silence, spoke reassuringly of cats.
A smothered “miaow” and the scratching of claws on wood arrested her attention, and she went hurriedly to the door.
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."
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.