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.


Middle English caterwawen

First Known Use: 14th century

Related to CATERWAUL

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
crow, delight, rejoice

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

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