[ 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.
- catbird seat,
- catch a tartar,
- catch as catch can,
- catch at,
- catch basin
Origin of catcall
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/ (ˈkætˌkɔːl) /
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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