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

Examples of meow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Large meows, then unnatural howling and then – barfing. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lori Nickel: How a social-distancing hike ended with me, my car and a lost cat covered in red wine and cat vomit," 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, "32 incredible coding toys that every kid will want," 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, "Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Dallas-Fort Worth with wine, chocolate and romantic views," 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,, "The Iconic Meow Mix Jingle Is Getting a Remix — And a Cat-Filled Music Video to Go With it," 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,, "Never fear, Catman is here! Big-hearted NYC mechanic rescues animals in his free time," 4 Oct. 2019 To expect intellectual consistency from Trump is like expecting a dog to meow. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "As with Everything Else, Trump Is Following His Gut on Iran," 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, "Watch Taylor Swift Lap Boozy Milk From a Bowl With Francesca Howard and Rebel Wilson in 'Cats School'," 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, "Adelaide and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of meow

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Meow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce meow (audio)

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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