- a shrill, whistlelike sound or loud raucous shout made to express disapproval at a theater, meeting, etc.
- an instrument for producing such a sound.
- to sound catcalls.
- to express disapproval of by catcalls.
Origin of catcall
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1. boo, hiss, jeer.
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Examples from the Web for catcalled
They sang songs—including, infamously, Wild Thing—and catcalled at a female detective.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
Eighty-six percent of them had been catcalled on the street, and 36 percent said it happened daily.Apps and Online Programs Offer New Ways to Report Street Harassment
April 2, 2014
And they all yodelled and catcalled till I went out on the porch.Georgina's Service Stars
Annie Fellows Johnston
They whined it, they catcalled it, they shrieked it in falsetto imitation of Clarence's mother.Fanny Herself
They whistled, hollowed and catcalled and interrupted the Prologue for above ten Minutes.
Ladies stood on their chairs and waved their handkerchiefs, while men threw up their hats, danced, and catcalled.Booker T. Washington
Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
- a shrill whistle or cry expressing disapproval, as at a public meeting, etc
- to utter such a call (at); deride with catcalls
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Word Origin and History for catcalled
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