caterwaul

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v caterwaul utter shrieks, as of cats
    • n caterwaul the yowling sound made by a cat in heat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Caterwaul A caterwauling.
    • v. i Caterwaul To cry as cats in rutting time; to make a harsh, offensive noise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • caterwaul To cry as cats under the influence of the sexual instinct; make a disagreeable howling or screeching.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caterwaul kat′ėr-wawl the shriek or cry emitted by the cat when in heat
    • v.i Caterwaul to make such a noise, to make any discordant sound: to behave lasciviously: to quarrel like cats
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cat, + waul, wawl, to cry as a cat

Usage

In literature:

I'd undertake, while he is caterwauling away with the young gal, to knock that young sprig of an officer overboard.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
W'en you've got him snug, with a rope round 'is neck an' 'is head in the flannel bag, just caterwaul an' I'll come round.
"My Doggie and I" by R.M. Ballantyne
When the attack presents the combined effects of these two common habits, a quite realistic caterwaul is the result.
"The Child-Voice in Singing" by Francis E. Howard
But their screeches and harsh caterwaulings often filled his heart with wonder.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
It was answered by a fearful burst of caterwauling from the interior of the house.
"Little Folks (October 1884)" by Various
The next morning, as Rea was dressing, she heard a great caterwauling and miaowing.
"The Hunter Cats of Connorloa" by Helen Jackson
They did not yet have a light, and were struggling and caterwauling in the dark like, it seemed, a thousand demons.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
She started singing, a weird, high-pitched caterwauling.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The tragedy of a thinker needs no caterwauling of violins.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Incidentally he trod on little Sister's hand, and she sent up a caterwaul.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
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In news:

Derek Caterwaul is a promoter of local DIY music and arts events, as well as a DJ—most notably he's a long-time host on KUNM's "Music to Soothe the Savage Beast" on Tuesday nights.
Eccentric System of a Down frontman caterwauls prophetic apocalyptic warnings over manic-depressive rock.
In this week's Flyer on the Wall, Amber Spence's decapitated, disrobed sirens attempt to lure you to DJ Caterwaul's final Thursday night Low Life party at Blackbird Buvette.
Caterwaul invites freaks aged 21-and-over to come out at 9 pm.
The schools have gotten their yearly grades, and the annual caterwauling is underway.
In this week's Music to Your Ears, Derek Caterwaul delivers the good news about High Mayhem's third annual Fall Series.
Not that they're a pair of gals that frequently gives shits, generally speaking, but local caterwauling guffaw-country duo Birdcloud didn't let the recent dismissal of their "Saving Myself for Jesus" from YouTube slow down their video roll.
Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann is grateful that his caterwauling noise-pop is considered some of the '90s' most important indie rock.
What's so funny about corn, pap and caterwauling.
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