verb (used without object)
noun Also cat·er·waul·ing.
Origin of caterwaul
Examples from the Web for caterwauling
To be sure, there was plenty of Democratic caterwauling about the Reagan budget.
I watched my opportunity, and soon put an effectual end to his caterwauling.
Why, sir, all that caterwauling and stamping was to hide what they were about.The Black Bar|George Manville Fenn
They did not yet have a light, and were struggling and caterwauling in the dark like, it seemed, a thousand demons.Track's End|Hayden Carruth
Another South American breed is said to be free from the hideous “caterwauling” of the ordinary cat.
Deaf Old Gentleman (seated by piano, talking to pretty girl)—I'd rather listen to you than hear this caterwauling.
British Dictionary definitions for caterwauling
Word Origin for caterwaul
Word Origin and History for caterwauling
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.