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".