[ kat-kawl ]
/ ˈkætˌkɔl /


a shrill, whistlelike sound or loud raucous shout made to express disapproval at a theater, meeting, etc.
an instrument for producing such a sound.

verb (used without object)

to sound catcalls.

verb (used with object)

to express disapproval of by catcalls.

Origin of catcall

First recorded in 1650–60; cat + call

Related forms

cat·call·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for catcall

British Dictionary definitions for catcall


/ (ˈkætˌkɔːl) /


a shrill whistle or cry expressing disapproval, as at a public meeting, etc


to utter such a call (at); deride with catcalls

Derived Forms

catcaller, noun
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