Definition of catcall in English:
1A shrill whistle or shout of disapproval, typically one made at a public meeting or performance.
- In one instance her inadequate performance provoked catcalls and derision.
- The band members shouted catcalls at him and the audience boomed ominously in sudden frustration.
- Enthusiastic youths in the audience kept the atmosphere alive with catcalls, wolf whistles, loud cheers and boisterous shouts, besides the occasional hoot and the intermittent scream.
1.1A loud whistle or a comment of a sexual nature made by a man to a passing woman.
- This is mostly a stereotype, but some men shout catcalls at women on the street, especially when the men are in groups.
- City exchanges occasionally arranged journalist visits to trading floors, where the most conservatively-dressed female reporter would elicit jeers, catcalls, whistles and handclaps.
- Hips swinging, she walked, amidst more catcalls, over to the computer.
verb[no object] Back to top
Make a whistle, shout, or comment of a sexual nature to a woman passing by: they were fired for catcalling at women
More example sentences
- Vendors hawked their wares while gesturing wildly, and groups of dirty street urchins played amidst the chaos, laughing and catcalling to one another.
- For example, a man who may not engage in sexually harassing a woman when he is alone at a bar may begin catcalling to a woman at the same bar if he observes or is with friends engaging in this behavior.
- She stopped at a stop light and realized someone was catcalling to her.
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