catcalling

noun cat·call·ing \ ˈkat-ˌkȯ-liŋ \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

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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