a shrill, whistlelike sound or loud raucous shout made to express disapproval at a theater, meeting, etc.
an instrument for producing such a sound.
to sound catcalls.
to express disapproval of by catcalls.
Eighty-six percent of them had been catcalled on the street, and 36 percent said it happened daily.
Apps and Online Programs Offer New Ways to Report Street Harassment Tessa Miller April 1, 2014
They sang songs—including, infamously, Wild Thing—and catcalled at a female detective.
The Myth of the Central Park Five Edward Conlon October 18, 2014
They whined it, they catcalled it, they shrieked it in falsetto imitation of Clarence’s mother.
Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
And they all yodelled and catcalled till I went out on the porch.
Georgina’s Service Stars Annie Fellows Johnston
They whistled, hollowed and catcalled and interrupted the Prologue for above ten Minutes.
A Will and No Will or A Bone for the Lawyers. (1746) The New Play Criticiz’d, or the Plague of Envy (1747) Charles Macklin
Ladies stood on their chairs and waved their handkerchiefs, while men threw up their hats, danced, and catcalled.
Booker T. Washington Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
a shrill whistle or cry expressing disapproval, as at a public meeting, etc
to utter such a call (at); deride with catcalls
1650s, a type of noisemaker used to express dissatisfaction in play-houses, from cat (n.) + call (n.); presumably because it sounded like an angry cat. As a verb, attested from 1734.
a shrill, whistlelike sound or loud raucous shout made to express disapproval at a theater, meeting, etc. an instrument for producing such a sound. to sound catcalls. to express disapproval of by catcalls. noun a shrill whistle or cry expressing disapproval, as at a public meeting, etc verb to utter such a call (at); deride […]
catadicrotism catadicrotism cat·a·di·cro·tism (kāt’ə-dī’krə-tĭz’əm) n. A condition of the pulse marked by two expansions of the artery following the main beat, producing two upward notches on the downstroke of the pulse tracing. cat’a·di·crot’ic (-krŏt’ĭk) adj.
(of fish) migrating from fresh water to spawn in the sea, as eels of the genus Anguilla (distinguished from anadromous). Historical Examples catadromous, kat-ad′rom-us, adj. of fishes, descending periodically for spawning to the lower parts of a river or to the sea. Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various Of the catadromous […]
a raised structure on which the body of a deceased person lies or is carried in state. a hearse. Historical Examples Then he led her carefully, slowly, down the steps of the catafalque, led her out of the hall. Majesty Louis Couperus The catafalque bore a notice to the effect that he had abjured heresy. […]