catcall

noun cat·call \ -ˌkȯl \
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

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

catcall

verb

Examples of catcall in a Sentence

  1. The pitcher heard angry catcalls as he walked off the field.

  2. the band's sloppy playing produced only catcalls from the crowd

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First Known Use of catcall

1693

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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catcall Synonyms

Antonyms

cheer;

Near Antonyms

applause, clapping;

Related Words

smirk, sneer, snicker, snigger;

gibe (or jibe), put-down, taunt;

whistle;


CATCALL Defined for English Language Learners

catcall

Definition of catcall for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CATCALL Defined for Kids

catcall

noun cat·call \ ˈkat-ˌkȯl \

Definition of catcall for Students

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


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