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.
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.
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. […]
noun a fear of being ridiculed; also written katagelophobia See katagelophobia Word Origin cata- ‘inferiority’