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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A harsh or shrill call or whistle expressing derision or disapproval.
  • transitive v. To express derision or disapproval of with catcalls.
  • intransitive v. To make catcalls.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shout or whistle expressing dislike, especially from a crowd or audience; a jeer, a boo.
  • v. To make such an exclamation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sound like the cry of a cat, such as is made in playhouses to express dissatisfaction with a play; also, a small shrill instrument for making such a noise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To express disapprobation of by sounds produced by or like those of the catcall.
  • n. A squeaking instrument used in playhouses to express disapprobation or weariness of the performance, or a sound made in imitation of the tone of this instrument.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cry expressing disapproval
  • v. utter catcalls at

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