caterwauling


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Related to caterwauling: miaows

cat·er·waul

 (kăt′ər-wôl′)
intr.v. cat·er·wauled, cat·er·waul·ing, cat·er·wauls
1. To cry or screech like a cat in heat.
2. To make a shrill, discordant sound.
3. To have a noisy argument.
n.
A shrill, discordant sound.

[Middle English *caterwawlen : *cater, tomcat; akin to Low German kater + wawlen, wrawlen, to yowl (ultimately of imitative origin).]

caterwauling

(ˈkætəˌwɔːlɪŋ)
n
1. (Zoology) the shrieking and yowling made by a cat, for example when it is on heat or fighting
2. derogatory similar unpleasant noises made by a person
Translations

caterwauling

[ˈkætəˌwɔːlɪŋ] N [of person] → chillidos mpl, aullidos mpl; [of cat] → maullidos mpl

caterwauling

nGejaule nt

caterwauling

[ˈkætəˌwɔːlɪŋ] nmiagolio
References in classic literature ?
And then there came, mingling with his half-formed dreams, a most mel- ancholy caterwauling.
or what could he expect but to find his mistress agreeably engaged with a rival on his return, and his serenade, as they call it, as little regarded as the caterwauling of a cat in the gutter?
But, worse than all, neither the cats nor the pigs could put up any longer with the behavior of the little repeaters tied to their tails, and resented it by scampering all over the place, scratching and poking, and squeaking and screeching, and caterwauling and squalling, and flying into the faces, and running under the petticoats of the people, and creating altogether the most abominable din and confusion which it is possible for a reasonable person to conceive.
I am satisfied it was named by the Diggers--those degraded savages who roast their dead relatives, then mix the human grease and ashes of bones with tar, and "gaum" it thick all over their heads and foreheads and ears, and go caterwauling about the hills and call it mourning.
It caught him full on the end of his nose, and he went straight up in the air, all four feet of him, roaring and caterwauling, what of the hurt and surprise.
I promise you a great caterwauling and an illuminating insight into the nature of the beast.
Others think the same - that's why they get up and walk out when you start your god-awful caterwauling.
SIR - Despite the "alien" environment, Celtic caterwauling, a "turgid" (or, possibly, "torpid") pitch, and our dreadful Welsh weather, somehow Australia and England contrived a very entertaining Test match- and even a win for the "home" team.
ABIDE with Me is a magnificent hymn and it sounded far better being led by a 'people's choir' rather than an operatic woman caterwauling as in previous years.
tit tells two caterwauling opera wannabes: "You guys are fire.
Meanwhile, Linda's mum Elaine - played by West End star Maria Friedman, gets to give us a song - a vast improvement on the usual Queen Vic karaoke caterwauling.
BOY band One Direction have been targeted by pranksters who have turned one of their TV appearances into a caterwauling catastrophe.