The Closing Word: Caterwaul

The Closing Word: CaterwaulThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (CAT-ur-wall)

utter shrieks, as of cats

the yowling sound made by a cat

From “While a caterwaul can be made by a person, it’s more likely the wailing sound that a distressed or fighting animal makes. To make this sound is to caterwaul — it’s both a noun and verb. Cats are, in fact, the animal best known to caterwaul, and the word is believed to come from the German katerwaulen, “cry like a cat,” or possibly the Middle Dutch cater, “tomcat,” and Middle English waul, “yowl.”

“Don’t caterwaul over small concessions in the contract when you’re getting a killer price on the property.”


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