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catcall

[kat-kawl] /ˈkætˌkɔl/
noun
1.
a shrill, whistlelike sound or loud raucous shout made to express disapproval at a theater, meeting, etc.
2.
an instrument for producing such a sound.
verb (used without object)
3.
to sound catcalls.
verb (used with object)
4.
to express disapproval of by catcalls.
Origin of catcall
1650-1660
1650-60; cat1 + call
Related forms
catcaller, noun
Synonyms
1. boo, hiss, jeer.
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  • He found that antiquaries were much divided in opinion as to the origin of the catcall.

    A Book of the Play Dutton Cook
  • The conveyance of a catcall to the theatre evidences a predisposition to uproarious censure.

    A Book of the Play Dutton Cook
  • The essayist, however, is disposed to hold that the catcall is originally a piece of English music.

    A Book of the Play Dutton Cook
  • The soldier, addressed put a finger to the sound side of his mouth and uttered a catcall.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for catcall

catcall

/ˈkætˌkɔːl/
noun
1.
a shrill whistle or cry expressing disapproval, as at a public meeting, etc
verb
2.
to utter such a call (at); deride with catcalls
Derived Forms
catcaller, noun
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Word Origin and History for catcall
n.

1650s, a type of noisemaker used to express dissatisfaction in play-houses, from cat (n.) + call (n.); presumably because it sounded like an angry cat. As a verb, attested from 1734.

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