catcalling

noun
cat·​call·​ing | \ˈkat-ˌkȯ-liŋ \

Definition of catcalling 

1 : the act of shouting harassing and often sexually suggestive, threatening, or derisive comments at someone publicly Though I seldom witness catcalling or verbal harassment, I've come to understand how constant and burdensome it can be for women, especially when the words used are crude, violent, or degrading.— Conor Friedersdorf Those in favor of making catcalling illegal in the U.S. argue that sexual harassment should be prohibited on the street, just as it's (ideally) banned in American workplaces and schools.— Claire Zillman

2 : the act or an instance of loudly or raucously expressing disapproval (as at a sports event) … no squealing or squawking will be tolerated from cricketers or officials in Australia. There can be no catcalling, no sharp remarks from the field …— Peter Roebuck

First Known Use of catcalling

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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