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caterwaul

[kat-er-wawl] /ˈkæt ərˌwɔl/
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter long wailing cries, as cats in rutting time.
2.
to utter a similar sound; howl or screech.
3.
to quarrel like cats.
noun, Also, caterwauling
4.
the cry of a cat in rutting time.
5.
any similar sound.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English cater(wawen) (equivalent to cater tomcat (< Middle Dutch) + wawen to howl, Old English wāwan to blow, said of the wind) + waul, variant of wail
Related forms
caterwauler, noun
Synonyms
2. wail, shriek, squawk, yowl.
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British Dictionary definitions for caterwauled

caterwaul

/ˈkætəˌwɔːl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to make a yowling noise, as a cat on heat
noun
2.
a shriek or yell made by or sounding like a cat on heat
Derived Forms
caterwauler, noun
Word Origin
C14: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for caterwauled
caterwaul
late 14c., caterwrawet, perhaps from M.Du. cater "tomcat" + waul "to yowl," apparently from O.E. *wrag, *wrah "angry," of uncertain origin.
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