- to utter long wailing cries, as cats in rutting time.
- to utter a similar sound; howl or screech.
- to quarrel like cats.
- the cry of a cat in rutting time.
- any similar sound.
Origin of caterwaul
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Examples from the Web for caterwaul
And so it happens that the people who caterwaul about America being weak in the world become the very people who make it weaker.The GOP Just Screwed Ukraine Out of Billions to Hurt Obama
March 26, 2014
At once she began to meouw and caterwaul with all her might.Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks
William Elliot Griffis
It reached the edge of the pool, spread out all its legs with a caterwaul of despair, and went headlong into the water.Charlie to the Rescue
We caterwaul and scratch and steal, just as human beings in our situation would take to drink.Daisy
Miranda Eliot Swan
Caterwaul, kat′ėr-wawl, n. the shriek or cry emitted by the cat when in heat.
Consequently, what does your baby do but betake itself to a practical study of the caterwaul!
- to make a yowling noise, as a cat on heat
- a shriek or yell made by or sounding like a cat on heat
Word Origin and History for caterwaul
late 14c., caterwrawen, perhaps from Low German katerwaulen "cry like a cat," or formed in English from cater, from Middle Dutch cater "tomcat" + Middle English waul "to yowl," apparently from Old English *wrag, *wrah "angry," of uncertain origin but all somehow imitative. Related: Caterwauled; caterwauling.