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caterwaul

verb cat·er·waul \ˈka-tər-ˌwl\

: to make a very loud and unpleasant sound

: to protest or complain noisily

Full Definition of CATERWAUL

intransitive verb
1
:  to make a harsh cry
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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