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catcall (outcry)

Definition:

a cry expressing disapproval

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

catcalls

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

a type of noisemaker used to express dissatisfaction in play-houses, from "cat" ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of catcall...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

catcall | catcaller [noun, derived]

a shrill whistle or cry expressing disapproval, as at a public meeting, etc | to utter such a call (at); deride with catcalls (22 of 339 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/catcall

Wikipedia:

Wolf-whistling | finger whistling

a type of whistling in which fingers are inserted in the mouth to produce a louder and more penetrating tone. A wolf-whistle is a two-toned sound commonly made using the above technique to show approval of something or someone. The wolf-whistle... (41 of 280 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Wolf-whistling

Oxford Dictionary:

catcall

a shrill whistle or shout of disapproval made at a public meeting or performance | a loud whistle or a comment of a sexual nature made by a man to a ... (30 of 103 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/catcall

Merriam-Webster:

catcall | criticism [synonym, sense-specific] | bird [British, synonym, sense-specific] | boo [synonym, sense-specific] | Bronx cheer [synonym, sense-specific] | hiss [synonym, sense-specific] | hoot [synonym, sense-specific] | jeer [synonym, sense-specific] | raspberry [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a loud or raucous cry made especially to express disapproval (as at a sports event) | a derisive remark; "criticism" (19 of 99 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/catcall

Macmillan British Dictionary:

catcall [countable] | catcalls [plural]

a loud whistling sound that someone in an audience or a crowd makes to show that they do not like a person or a performance (25 of 50 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/catcall

Random House Dictionary:

catcall

a shrill, whistlelike sound or loud raucous shout made to express disapproval at a theater, meeting, etc. | an instrument for producing such a sound. ... (24 of 42 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/catcall

American Heritage Dictionary:

catcall | catcalled [past tense] | catcalling [present participle] | catcalls [3rd-person singular present]

A harsh or shrill call or whistle expressing derision or disapproval. | To express derision or disapproval of with catcalls. | To make catcalls. (22 of 33 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/catcall

Wiktionary:

catcall | catcalls [plural] | catcalled [past tense] | catcalling [present participle]

A shout or whistle expressing dislike, especially from a crowd or audience; a jeer, a boo. | To make such an exclamation. (21 of 33 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/catcall

New World Dictionary:

catcall

a shrill shout or whistle expressing derision or disapproval, as of a speaker, actor, etc. | to deride with catcalls | to make catcalls (22 of 26 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/catcall

Cambridge Dictionary:

catcall

a loud shout or whistle (high sound) expressing disapproval, especially made by people in a crowd (16 of 22 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/catcall

Columbia Encyclopedia:

hue and cry | hue | cry

formerly, in English law, pursuit of a criminal immediately after he had committed a felony. Whoever witnessed or discovered the crime was required to ... (24 of 136 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0824445​.html

Britannica Encyclopedia:

hue and cry [English legal practice] | hue | cry

early English legal practice of pursuing a criminal with cries and sounds of alarm. It was the duty of any person wronged or discovering a felony to ... (27 of 129 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/274775​/hue-and-cry

Encarta Dictionary:

catcall | catcalls [plural]

a whistle or shout expressing disapproval or dislike, especially at a sporting event or live performance (16 of 41 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861595424​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

catcall

First use: 1650s

Origin: a type of noisemaker used to express dissatisfaction in play-houses, from "cat" + "call", presumably because it sounded like an angry cat. As a verb, ... (26 of 28 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=catcall

Oxford Dictionary:

catcall

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: "cat1" + "call", originally denoting a kind of whistle or squeaking instrument used to express disapproval at a theatre

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/catcall

Encarta Dictionary:

catcall | catcalls [plural]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: the resemblance to cats' nocturnal cries

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861595424​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

catcall

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "catcall"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/catcall

Macmillan British Dictionary:

catcall [countable] | catcalls [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "catcall"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/catcall

Macmillan American Dictionary:

catcall [countable] | catcalls [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "catcall"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/catcall

Cambridge Dictionary:

catcall

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "catcall"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "catcall"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/catcall

the Free Dictionary:

catcall

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "catcall"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "catcall"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "catcall" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/catcall

Google Dictionary:

catcall | catcalls [plural] | catcalled [past tense] | catcalling [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "catcall"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=catcall

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

catcall

Audio: North American pronunciation of "catcall"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=catcal​01 word=catcall

YourDictionary Audio:

catcall

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "catcall" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/catcall

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