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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. The cry of a cat.
  • interj. Said in reply to a spiteful or catty comment.
  • n. The cry of a cat.
  • v. Of a cat, to make its cry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. See 6th and 7th mew.

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

  • n. the sound made by a cat (or any sound resembling this)
  • v. cry like a cat


(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Onomatopoeic. (Wiktionary)



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

    September 29, 2011

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

    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

  • Were you looking for mrkgnao, sionnach?

    September 28, 2011

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

    September 28, 2011

  • Sound made by a cat

    September 28, 2011