Catcalled



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.
Contemporary Examples

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

Historical Examples

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

noun
a shrill whistle or cry expressing disapproval, as at a public meeting, etc
verb
to utter such a call (at); deride with catcalls
n.

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.

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