Definition of caterwaul in English:


Line breaks: cat¦er|waul
Pronunciation: /ˈkatəwɔːl


[no object] (often as noun caterwauling)


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  • A shrill howling or wailing noise.
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    • Drunk and angry, he berated the thicknecks while pouring his loudest, most annoying caterwauls over the din of his backing band.
    • The drinkers perform a comedic caterwaul while the folk singers create a dissonant background to the absurdity.
    • Armed with only an acoustic guitar, My Morning Jacket's frontman falls into the delicate opening strains of ‘Bermuda Highway, ‘his ghostly caterwaul creeping up my spine like a fever.’


late Middle English: from cat1 + imitative waul.

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