Caterwaul



to utter long wailing cries, as cats in rutting time.
to utter a similar sound; howl or screech.
to quarrel like cats.
the cry of a cat in rutting time.
any similar sound.
Contemporary Examples

And so it happens that the people who caterwaul about America being weak in the world become the very people who make it weaker.
The GOP Just Screwed Ukraine Out of Billions to Hurt Obama Michael Tomasky March 25, 2014

Historical Examples

It was terrific how hard it was for one of a wildcat heritage and habit to keep the caterwaul back and the claws muffled.
We Can’t Have Everything Rupert Hughes

It reached the edge of the pool, spread out all its legs with a caterwaul of despair, and went headlong into the water.
Charlie to the Rescue R.M. Ballantyne

caterwaul, kat′ėr-wawl, n. the shriek or cry emitted by the cat when in heat.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

We caterwaul and scratch and steal, just as human beings in our situation would take to drink.
Daisy Miranda Eliot Swan

At once she began to meouw and caterwaul with all her might.
Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks William Elliot Griffis

Consequently, what does your baby do but betake itself to a practical study of the caterwaul!
Lippincott’s Magazine, December, 1885 Various

verb (intransitive)
to make a yowling noise, as a cat on heat
noun
a shriek or yell made by or sounding like a cat on heat
v.

late 14c., caterwrawen, perhaps from Low German katerwaulen “cry like a cat,” or formed in English from cater, from Middle Dutch cater “tomcat” + Middle English waul “to yowl,” apparently from Old English *wrag, *wrah “angry,” of uncertain origin but all somehow imitative. Related: Caterwauled; caterwauling.

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