Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
Advanced Dictionary    
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
  Show Word Combinations
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
caterwaul

cat·er·waul

caterwaul

 
pronunciation:
kae tr wawl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, noun
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: caterwauled, caterwauling, caterwauls
definition 1: to make the long, wailing or screeching sounds of a cat in heat.
similar words:
cry, howl, scream, screech, shriek, squeal, wail
definition 2: to quarrel making noises that sound like wailing or screeching.
We couldn't sleep with those neighbors caterwauling all night.
similar words:
argue, carry on, fight, quarrel, spar
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a howl of, or like that of, a cat in heat.
similar words:
call, cry, howl, scream, screech, shriek, squeal, wail
derivation: caterwauler (n.)