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 be sure, there was plenty of Democratic caterwauling about the Reagan budget.
Burning Down the House: A Little History Michael Tomasky June 6, 2012
“Like the caterwauling of erotic cats on a midnight roof,” said he.
Painted Veils James Huneker
Why, sir, all that caterwauling and stamping was to hide what they were about.
The Black Bar George Manville Fenn
You will see about a decent funeral, Edwards; and I will leave you something to stop the mouth of that caterwauling landlady.
Sunrise William Black
And his wife is one of the most brazen she-devils that ever joined a caterwauling!
The Pilgrim’s Shell or Fergan the Quarryman Eugne Sue
caterwauling, applied derisively to inharmonious singing; also love-making, from the noise of cats similarly engaged.
The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
I knew what all this singing and caterwauling would lead to: I said so from the first, and my words have come true.
The Quiver 12/1899 Anonymous
All at once I missed the howling, and the caterwauling grew wilder.
Lilith George MacDonald
Well-educated youths of good family treat me one night to a serenade of caterwauling in my corridor.
Legends August Strindberg
An orchestra of tongs and bones, like the braying of asses or the caterwauling of cats in February, performs the overture.
The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first Count Carlo Gozzi
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.
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 […]
(in medieval Europe) a member of any of several rigorously ascetic Christian sects maintaining a dualistic theology. Historical Examples Cathar′sis, evacuation of the bowels; Cathart′ic, a purgative medicine; Cathar′tin, the purgative principle of senna. Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various Here seems to belong in the order of development the Cathar […]