me·​ow | \ mē-ˈau̇ How to pronounce meow (audio) \
variants: chiefly US meow or British

Definition of meow

1 : the cry of a cat
2 : a spiteful or malicious remark

Other Words from meow

meow (chiefly US) or British miaow intransitive verb

Examples of meow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Large meows, then unnatural howling and then – barfing. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Mar. 2020 Who could resist watching Dash flail about in a tornado, and then promptly stop and let out a very earnest cat meow? USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2020 Rouge your knees, grab someone who is the cat’s meow and maybe get zozzled at this night of retro romance. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, 6 Feb. 2020 To help cater to the mouths and ears of all kitties, Meow Mix is introducing several new versions of their jingle, including R&B, Metal and Latin remixes of the famous meow song. Kelli Bender,, 8 Nov. 2019 His most recent rescue came after purr-plexed pedestrians heard meows coming from an Astoria vehicle two weeks ago, with Gonzalez jumping into his tow truck without pause. Catherina Gioino,, 4 Oct. 2019 To expect intellectual consistency from Trump is like expecting a dog to meow. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, 8 Jan. 2020 Head Cat James Corden was tapped to lead the class, tuning up their voices with a chorus of meows. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 20 Dec. 2019 Speaking of fans and friends, one of Adelaide’s favorite pastimes is to wipe her mouth (not cheeks) on whoever is closest to her, paired with her soft and dainty purrs and meows to show her gratitude. Arizona Republic, azcentral, 13 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of meow

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for meow


me·​ow | \ mē-ˈau̇ How to pronounce meow (audio) \

Kids Definition of meow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the cry of a cat


meowed; meowing

Kids Definition of meow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make the cry of a cat

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