To be sure, there was plenty of Democratic caterwauling about the Reagan budget.
"Like the caterwauling of erotic cats on a midnight roof," said he.
Why, sir, all that caterwauling and stamping was to hide what they were about.
You will see about a decent funeral, Edwards; and I will leave you something to stop the mouth of that caterwauling landlady.
And his wife is one of the most brazen she-devils that ever joined a caterwauling!
caterwauling, applied derisively to inharmonious singing; also love-making, from the noise of cats similarly engaged.
I knew what all this singing and caterwauling would lead to: I said so from the first, and my words have come true.
All at once I missed the howling, and the caterwauling grew wilder.
Well-educated youths of good family treat me one night to a serenade of caterwauling in my corridor.
An orchestra of tongs and bones, like the braying of asses or the caterwauling of cats in February, performs the overture.
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.