- 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 caterwauling
To be sure, there was plenty of Democratic caterwauling about the Reagan budget.Burning Down the House: A Little History
June 7, 2012
It was answered by a fearful burst of caterwauling from the interior of the house.Little Folks (October 1884)
The caterwauling of cats was as nothing to the growls of his disgust.The Giant of the North
Why, sir, all that caterwauling and stamping was to hide what they were about.The Black Bar
George Manville Fenn
"Like the caterwauling of erotic cats on a midnight roof," said he.Painted Veils
And his wife is one of the most brazen she-devils that ever joined a caterwauling!
- 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 caterwauling
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.