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caterwauling

[ kat-er-wawl ]SEE DEFINITION OF caterwauling

Synonyms for caterwauling

  • bawl
  • bicker
  • howl
  • quarrel
  • scream
  • screech
  • shriek
  • squall
  • wail
  • yell
  • yowl
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Antonyms for caterwauling

  • agree
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CATERWAULING

It was answered by a fearful burst of caterwauling from the interior of the house.

The caterwauling of cats was as nothing to the growls of his disgust.

Why, sir, all that caterwauling and stamping was to hide what they were about.

"Like the caterwauling of erotic cats on a midnight roof," said he.

And his wife is one of the most brazen she-devils that ever joined a caterwauling!

It used to put our own caterwauling concerts to utter shame.

She still kept up her caterwauling and there was no peace in the house.

Most of it, he said, seemed to him to be little more than sensual caterwauling.

You mutter maledictions on the infernal noise and caterwauling.

All at once I missed the howling, and the caterwauling grew wilder.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., caterwrawen, perhaps from Low German katerwaulen "cry like a cat," or formed in English from cater, from Middle Dutch cater "tomcat" + Middle English waul "to yowl," apparently from Old English *wrag, *wrah "angry," of uncertain origin but all somehow imitative. Related: Caterwauled; caterwauling.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CATERWAULING

harsh

adjectiverough, crude (to the senses)
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