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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.


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