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Princeton's WordNet

  1. caterwaulverb

    the yowling sound made by a cat in heat

  2. yowl, caterwaulverb

    utter shrieks, as of cats


  1. caterwaulnoun

    A yowling.

  2. caterwaulnoun

    A noisy quarrel.

  3. caterwaulverb

    To cry as cats in rutting time; to make a harsh, offensive noise.

  4. caterwaulverb

    To have a noisy argument, like cats.

  5. Etymology: From caterwrawe (one of numerous earlier variants); from cater + wrawen/wrawlen.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Caterwaulverb

    Etymology: from cat.

    What a caterwauling do you keep here? If my lady has not called up her steward Malvolio, and bid him turn you out of doors, never trust me. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    Was no dispute between
    The caterwauling bretheren? Hudibras, p. i. c. iii.


  1. caterwaul

    Caterwaul refers to a shrill, wailing noise made by a cat, especially during mating season. By extension, it can also refer to any similar loud, harsh scream or noise made by a person or machinery. As a verb, caterwaul means to make such a sound.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caterwaulverb

    to cry as cats in rutting time; to make a harsh, offensive noise

  2. Caterwaulnoun

    a caterwauling

  3. Etymology: [Cat + waul, wawl, to cry as a cat.]


  1. Caterwaul

    Caterwaul was an American band, based in Phoenix, Arizona, featuring Betsy Martin on vocals and mandolin, Mark Schafer on guitar, Fred Cross on bass and Kevin Pinnt on drums. Their debut album, The Nature of Things was released on Lost Arts Records. Caterwaul was interviewed in January 1988 on MTV's "120 Minutes" and the music video for "A Flower and a Stone" from their debut album was played nationally for the first time. The video, directed by David Kane-Ritsch, was notable for its use of photocopied enlargements of frames of film that were subsequently "colored-in" with what appeared to be highlighter markers and crayons. The extremely labor-intensive project generated significant interest among the music video production community. Later in 1988, Caterwaul was signed by I.R.S. Records and released an EP and two albums for the label; Beholden, Pin and Web and Portent Hue, before disbanding. Pin and Web yielded one minor hit single in, "The Sheep's A Wolf" that charted at Number 30 on the Billboard "Alternative Songs" chart the week of May 13, 1989. Caterwaul lost Fred Cross after the Portent Hue tour, and recruited Kelly Castro as their new bassist. They also added Stuart Smith as a second guitarist. The new lineup recorded Killer Fish in 1991, which was released in 1996 on Lost Arts Records.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Caterwaul

    kat′ėr-wawl, n. the shriek or cry emitted by the cat when in heat.—v.i. to make such a noise, to make any discordant sound: to behave lasciviously: to quarrel like cats.—n. Cat′erwauling. [The second part is prob. imit.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caterwaul in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caterwaul in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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