cat·​call | \ ˈkat-ˌkȯl How to pronounce catcall (audio) \

Definition of catcall

1 : a loud or raucous cry made especially to express disapproval (as at a sports event) Even Winslow, who led the league in catches for the second straight year, was hearing catcalls.— Rick Reilly
2 : a loud, sexually suggestive call or comment directed at someone publicly (as on the street) … every single time I go running in a public place without my male running partner, I am the target of catcalls.— Natalie DeBlasio

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Examples of catcall in a Sentence

The pitcher heard angry catcalls as he walked off the field. the band's sloppy playing produced only catcalls from the crowd
Recent Examples on the Web Meet the Fighting Irish opponents, dates and locations for 2020, along with a prominent returning opposing player Indianapolis Star SOUTH BEND — Brian Kelly hears the whispers, which sometimes probably feel more like catcalls. Eric Hansen, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football: Offensive line challenges, potential are real," 5 Mar. 2020 Should the rare Dolphins touchdown bring cheers or catcalls? Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, "The Miami Dolphins and the Art of Losing to “Win”," 19 Oct. 2019 When the 43-year-old came to the stage here at a university student center in the Detroit suburbs, about half of the crowd gave her a standing ovation – and the other half unleashed a chorus of boos and catcalls. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "Michigan Democrat in Trump district comes out for impeachment; says it may cost her reelection," 16 Dec. 2019 There were catcalls from a disappointed Orediggers sideline, in an attempt to shout down the young Lions cornerback, who firmly stood his ground, wearing an unbeatable smile that’s a blessing of his genes. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: All ready! Son of the late Darrent Williams earns big win in return to Broncos Country.," 30 Nov. 2019 Joseph drew a large crowd at her first court appearance this month, emerging handcuffed from a police vehicle to a burst of jeers and catcalls, schoolchildren in matching uniforms struggling to catch a glimpse of her through the crowd., "That Joseph, 47, might have killed with such abandon has scandalized Koodathayai, a small town in the southern state of Kerala where she was an active member of the Roman Catholic community and seen as a model citizen.," 20 Oct. 2019 This time, there was cursing, catcalls, cries for his job, jeers so intense that Chavez Ravine momentarily appeared to sag under their weight. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hears boos, but keeps his job, and that’s good news," 10 Oct. 2019 CBS Chicago reports that during a hearing on Tuesday, Assistant State's Attorney James Murphy said Thurman grew angry that George was ignoring his catcalls and followed her into the garage. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Man accused of killing Chicago student after she ignored his catcalls," 27 Nov. 2019 Pignolet takes quotidian aspects of women’s lives — cosmetics, tampons, the crude catcalls that men toss at women on the street — and renders them in Mediterranean-style ceramics, including tiles and vases. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: How L.A. photographer George Rodriguez chronicled every corner of the city," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of catcall

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of catcall was in 1693

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“Catcall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of catcall

: a sound or noise that someone (such as an audience member) makes toward a speaker, performer, athlete, etc., that he or she does not like


cat·​call | \ ˈkat-ˌkȯl How to pronounce catcall (audio) \

Kids Definition of catcall

: a sound like the cry of a cat or a noise expressing disapproval (as at a sports event)

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