miaul

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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miaow

[mee-ou, myou]
noun, verb (used without object)
Also, miaou, miaul [mee-oul, mee-awl] .
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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

miaul (mɪˈaʊl)
 
vb
(intr) another word for meow

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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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