1. a shrill, whistlelike sound or loud raucous shout made to express disapproval at a theater, meeting, etc.
  2. an instrument for producing such a sound.
verb (used without object)
  1. to sound catcalls.
verb (used with object)
  1. to express disapproval of by catcalls.

Origin of catcall

First recorded in 1650–60; cat + call
Related formscat·call·er, noun

Synonyms for catcall

1. boo, hiss, jeer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for catcaller


  1. a shrill whistle or cry expressing disapproval, as at a public meeting, etc
  1. to utter such a call (at); deride with catcalls
Derived Formscatcaller, noun
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Word Origin and History for catcaller



1650s, a type of noisemaker used to express dissatisfaction in play-houses, from cat (n.) + call (n.); presumably because it sounded like an angry cat. As a verb, attested from 1734.

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