Meaning of “caterwaul” in the English Dictionary

"caterwaul" in British English

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caterwaulverb [ I ]

uk /ˈkæt.ə.wɔːl/ us /ˈkæt̬.ɚ.wɑːl/
caterwauling
noun [ U ] /ˈkæt.ə.wɔː.lɪŋ/ /ˈkæt̬.ɚ.wɑː.lɪŋ/

I heard some dreadful caterwauling - was that you singing?

Examples from literature

  • When they met in the middle, they spat and caterwauled and argued spitefully. 

Examples from literature

  • When they met in the middle, they spat and caterwauled and argued spitefully. 

caterwaulnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæt.ə.wɔːl/ us /ˈkæt̬.ɚ.wɑːl/

a high unpleasant noise like one made by a cat

(Definition of “caterwaul” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)