verb (used without object)
noun Also cat·er·waul·ing.
- caterpillar flap,
- caterpillar hunter,
Origin of caterwaul
Examples from the Web for caterwaul
And so it happens that the people who caterwaul about America being weak in the world become the very people who make it weaker.The GOP Just Screwed Ukraine Out of Billions to Hurt Obama|Michael Tomasky|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Caterwaul, kat′ėr-wawl, n. the shriek or cry emitted by the cat when in heat.
It reached the edge of the pool, spread out all its legs with a caterwaul of despair, and went headlong into the water.Charlie to the Rescue|R.M. Ballantyne
At once she began to meouw and caterwaul with all her might.Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks|William Elliot Griffis
Word Origin for caterwaul
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.