caterwaul | caterwauling

Exam frequency

GRE

medium

Banks

medium

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

complain noisily

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caterwaul - complain

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The word ‘caterwaul’ was originally used to refer to the loud screeching noise that cats make when they fight. However, it is now more commonly used in a disapproving way to express somebody complaining about something too vociferously or vocally.

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Synonyms bawl,mewl
Antonyms sanction

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  1. It’s hard to escape the caterwaul of politics when it's close to an election. It tends to dominate the news.

  2. Gary is still caterwauling about the task he was assigned. He feels that he should be given more responsibility.

  3. If those changes are implemented by head office, it will provoke sustained caterwauling from within some of the departments.

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