June 30, 2011

Word of the Day: Caterwaul

Caterwaul \KAT-uhr-wawl\ intransitive verb;

1. To make a harsh cry.
2. To have a noisy argument

1. A shrill, discordant sound.

Origin:  Caterwaul is from Middle English caterwawen, "to cry as a cat," either from Medieval Dutch kater, "tomcat" + Dutch wauwelen, "to tattle," or for catawail, from cat-wail, "to wail like a cat".

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