caterwaul

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English caterwrawe (one of numerous earlier variants); from cater (cat) + wrawen/wrawlen (cry like a cat).

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Verb[edit]

caterwaul (third-person singular simple present caterwauls, present participle caterwauling, simple past and past participle caterwauled)

  1. (intransitive) To cry as cats in heat; to make a harsh, offensive noise.
  2. (intransitive) To have a noisy argument, like cats.

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Noun[edit]

caterwaul (plural caterwauls)

  1. A yowling.
  2. A noisy quarrel.

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