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caterwaul | caterwauling

caterwaul caterwauling
complain noisily
  • How to Memorize
    • caterwaul - complain
  • Analysis

    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.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymslament bawl, mewl,
  • Example(s)
    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.