from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A harsh or shrill call or whistle expressing derision or disapproval.
  • intransitive verb To express derision or disapproval of with catcalls.
  • intransitive verb To make catcalls.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • To express disapprobation of by sounds produced by or like those of the catcall.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a cry expressing disapproval
  • verb utter catcalls at


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