Word of the Day: caterwaul

cat·er·waul intransitive verb \ˈka-tər-ˌwl\

: to make a very loud and unpleasant sound

: to protest or complain noisily

Full Definition of CATERWAUL

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

Related to CATERWAUL

Synonyms
beef, bellyache, bitch, bleat, carp, complain, crab, croak, fuss, gripe, grizzle, grouch, grouse, growl, grumble, grump, holler, inveigh, keen, kick, kvetch, maunder [chiefly British], moan, murmur, mutter, nag, repine, scream, squawk, squeal, wail, whimper, whine, whinge [British], yammer, yawp (or yaup), yowl
Antonyms
crow, delight, rejoice

Definition source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

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