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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English caterwrawen, from cater (cat) + wrawen, wrawlen (cry like a cat), equivalent to cat +‎ waul. Compare Low German katerwaulen (to cry like a cat) and Middle Dutch cater (tomcat) (Dutch kater).

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caterwaul (third-person singular simple present caterwauls, present participle caterwauling, simple past and past participle caterwauled)

  1. (intransitive) To cry as cats in heat; to make a harsh, offensive noise.
  2. (intransitive) To have a noisy argument, like cats.

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caterwaul (plural caterwauls)

  1. A yowling.
  2. A noisy quarrel.

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