Etymology
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caterwaul (v.)

"disagreeable howling or screeching," like that of a cat in heat, 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 somehow imitative. Related: Caterwauled; caterwauling. As a noun from 1708.

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Definitions of caterwaul
1
caterwaul (v.)
utter shrieks, as of cats;
Synonyms: yowl
2
caterwaul (n.)
the yowling sound made by a cat in heat;
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