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Definition of caterwaul verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

caterwaul

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkætəwɔːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætərwɔːl//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they caterwaul
BrE BrE//ˈkætəwɔːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætərwɔːl//
 
he / she / it caterwauls
BrE BrE//ˈkætəwɔːlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætərwɔːlz//
 
past simple caterwauled
BrE BrE//ˈkætəwɔːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætərwɔːld//
 
past participle caterwauled
BrE BrE//ˈkætəwɔːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætərwɔːld//
 
-ing form caterwauling
BrE BrE//ˈkætəwɔːlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætərwɔːlɪŋ//
 
 
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to make the loud unpleasant noise that is typical of a cat pounding drums and caterwauling guitars Word Origin late Middle English: from cat + imitative waul.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: caterwaul