caterwauler

caterwaul

[kat-er-wawl]
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; 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

caterwauler, noun


2. wail, shriek, squawk, yowl.
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caterwaul (ˈkætəˌwɔːl)
 
vb
1.  to make a yowling noise, as a cat on heat
 
n
2.  a shriek or yell made by or sounding like a cat on heat
 
[C14: of imitative origin]
 
'caterwauler
 
n

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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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