catcaller

catcall

[kat-kawl]
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:
1650–60; cat1 + call

catcaller, noun


1. boo, hiss, jeer.
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catcall (ˈkætˌkɔːl)
 
n
1.  a shrill whistle or cry expressing disapproval, as at a public meeting, etc
 
vb
2.  to utter such a call (at); deride with catcalls
 
'catcaller
 
n

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catcall
1659, a type of noisemaker used to express dissatisfaction in play-houses, from from cat + call, presumably because it sounded like an angry cat. As a verb, attested from 1734.
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