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

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Other Words from meow

meow (chiefly US) or British miaow intransitive verb

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The tiny songbird can be seen hopping between branches of coastal sage scrub, letting out its characteristic call, which sounds like a cat’s meow. Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot, "The Dana Point Headlands is setting an example for how conservation can be done in urban areas," 27 July 2019 Looking for a meow-tropolis to move to with your furry feline friend? Kelli Bender,, "The 25 Most Cat-Friendly Cities in the U.S.," 26 June 2019 One such peg, for example, turns each musical note into a cat’s meow. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "Review: Nintendo's Labo Kits for the Switch Will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again," 19 Apr. 2018 Her owner, Stephen, who plays in a band, gave Mary-Jane a part on vocals with her special meow. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "The most anticipated concerts in Houston for 2018 (and a little beyond)," 21 June 2018 Even though Laura the piglet speaks in oinks and Marina in meows, the two have formed a sweet and inseparable bond. Maria Yagoda,, "15 Interspecies Friendships That Will Bring You Joy," 8 June 2018 The audience also goes into awwww mode when the parrot meows. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney: Birds are even more 'Up!' at Animal Kingdom show," 24 Apr. 2018 Hilarity will inevitably ensue, so get your tickets right meow., "‘Super Troopers’ on the scene at Moody’s Delicatessen," 4 Apr. 2018 The kit also includes cardboard pegs that change the piano’s sound — one peg turns all the notes into different cat meows, for example. Time, "Nintendo's Newest Products Are Switch Accessories You Can Build Yourself," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of meow

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of meow

: the crying sound made by a cat


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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to shake or wave menacingly

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