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A pleading cat.

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EtymologyEdit

Onomatopoeic, with some spellings modelled on French miaou. Meow and its spelling variants entered widespread currency in the 19th century; before then, mew was more common.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /miˈaʊ̯/, /mjaʊ̯/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aʊ

InterjectionEdit

meow

  1. The cry of a cat.
  2. Said in reply to a spiteful or catty comment.
  3. Said to denote seductiveness, mimicking a growl.

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NounEdit

meow (plural meows)

  1. The cry of a cat.
    • 1968, Bob Dylan (lyrics and music), “Quinn the Eskimo”:
      A cat’s meow and a cow’s moo, I can recite them all / Just tell me where it hurts you, honey
  2. (Britain, slang, uncountable) The drug mephedrone.
    Synonyms: drone, meow meow

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meow (third-person singular simple present meows, present participle meowing, simple past and past participle meowed)

  1. (intransitive) Of a cat, to make its cry.

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