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.
to make a yowling noise, as a cat on heat
a shriek or yell made by or sounding like a cat on heat
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.
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 To be sure, there was plenty of Democratic caterwauling about the Reagan budget. Burning Down the House: A Little History […]
noun (nautical) the line used in a cat Historical Examples The first captain of the forecastle was an old seaman of the name of catfall. The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
having feet resembling those of a cat. catlike in the manner of walking; characterized by noiseless, stealthy steps: a catfooted jewel thief. to move in the soft, stealthy manner of a cat; pussyfoot. Historical Examples Now he catfooted across the deck to look into the well and listen. Key Out of Time Andre Alice Norton
variant of cata- before an aspirate: cathode. (often lowercase) cathedral. Catholic. Historical Examples cath’arine (St.) of Alexandria (fourth century), patron saint of girls and virgins generally. Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1 The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. There seems to be a playful allusion in these words to mewian and […]