verb (used without object)
noun Also cat·er·waul·ing.
Origin of caterwaul
British Dictionary definitions for caterwauler
Word Origin for caterwaul
Word Origin and History for caterwauler
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.