Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The cry of a cat.
  • noun Informal A malicious, spiteful comment.
  • intransitive verb To make the crying sound of a cat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb See 6th and 7th mew.

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  • interjection The cry of a cat.
  • interjection Said in reply to a spiteful or catty comment.
  • noun The cry of a cat.
  • verb intransitive Of a cat, to make its cry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the sound made by a cat (or any sound resembling this)
  • verb cry like a cat

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Imitative.]

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Onomatopoeic.

Examples

  • The expression "meow" is a string literal, and it is an lvalue.

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  • Just so you know – Katzenjammer cat’s meow is German for hangover.

    Hangover Cat - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • There can only be one Winston: D (His meow is adorable, by the way)

    Winston isn't normal

  • Officers also say the substance, known by the name meow meow, is becoming increasingly popular among young people, adding it posed "a very real threat".

    Whitehaven News headlines

  • Officers also say the substance, known by the name meow meow, is becoming increasingly popular among young people, adding it posed "a very real threat".

    Whitehaven News headlines

  • Officers also say the substance, known by the name meow meow, is becoming increasingly popular among young people, adding it posed "a very real threat".

    Whitehaven News headlines

  • Officers also say the substance, known by the name meow meow, is becoming increasingly popular among young people, adding it posed "a very real threat".

    Whitehaven News headlines

  • Officers also say the substance, known by the name meow meow, is becoming increasingly popular among young people, adding it posed "a very real threat".

    Whitehaven News headlines

  • Officers also say the substance, known by the name meow meow, is becoming increasingly popular among young people, adding it posed "a very real threat".

    Whitehaven News headlines

  • Officers also say the substance, known by the name meow meow, is becoming increasingly popular among young people, adding it posed "a very real threat".

    Whitehaven News headlines

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  • Sound made by a cat

    September 28, 2011

  • Or, if you prefer the James Joyce version, mkgnao.

    September 28, 2011

  • Were you looking for mrkgnao, sionnach?

    September 28, 2011

  • Maybe so. Though I think there are several different versions in "Ulysses", mkgnao and mrkgnao being two of them.

    September 28, 2011

  • You're probably right. I prefer it with the 'r' though.

    September 28, 2011

  • Surely depends on the method of cat-whipping, no?

    September 29, 2011