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From Middle English caterwrawen, from cater (“cat”) + wrawen, wrawlen (“cry like a cat”), equivalent to cat + waul. Compare Low German katerwaulen (“to cry like a cat”) and Middle Dutch cater (“tomcat”) (Dutch kater).
- Hyphenation: ca‧ter‧waul
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkæt.ə.wɔːl/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈkæt.ɚ.wɔl/, /ˈkæt.ɚ.wɑl/
- (cot–caught merger, northern cities vowel shift) IPA(key): /ˈkæt.ɚ.wɑl/
Audio (US) (file)
- (intransitive) To cry as cats in heat; to make a harsh, offensive noise.
- (intransitive) To have a noisy argument, like cats.
- See also Thesaurus:argument
to cry as cats
to have a noisy argument
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caterwaul (plural caterwauls)
- A yowling.
- A noisy quarrel.