[ kat-er-wawl ]
/ ˈkæt ərˌwɔl /
verb (used without object)
to utter long wailing cries, as cats in rutting time.
to utter a similar sound; howl or screech.
to quarrel like cats.
noun Also cat·er·waul·ing.
the cry of a cat in rutting time.
any similar sound.
Words nearby caterwaul
Origin of caterwaul
1350–1400; Middle English cater(wawen) (equivalent to cater tomcat (< Middle Dutch) + wawen to howl, Old English wāwan to blow, said of the wind) + waul, variant of wail
OTHER WORDS FROM caterwaulcat·er·waul·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for caterwauler
/ (ˈkætəˌwɔːl) /
to make a yowling noise, as a cat on heat
a shriek or yell made by or sounding like a cat on heat
Derived forms of caterwaulcaterwauler, noun
Word Origin for caterwaul
C14: of imitative origin
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