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caterwaul

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verb cat·er·waul \ˈka-tər-ˌwȯl\

Simple Definition of caterwaul

  • : to make a very loud and unpleasant sound

  • : to protest or complain noisily

Full Definition of caterwaul

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a harsh cry

  3. 2 :  to protest or complain noisily

caterwaul noun

Examples of caterwaul

  1. Some animal was caterwauling in my backyard last night.

  2. He continues to caterwaul about having to take the blame.



Origin of caterwaul

Middle English caterwawen


First Known Use: 14th century


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