N-COUNT: usu pl
Catcalls are loud noises that people make to show that they disapprove of something they are watching or listening to.

The crowd is already restive, greeting the hapless opening act with boos and catcalls.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • catcall — ► NOUN ▪ a shrill whistle or shout of mockery or disapproval. ► VERB ▪ make a catcall …   English terms dictionary

  • Catcall — Cat call , 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. [1913 Webster] Upon the rising of the curtain. I was very much surprised… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catcall — (n.) 1650s, a type of noisemaker used to express dissatisfaction in play houses, from CAT (Cf. cat) (n.) + CALL (Cf. call) (n.); presumably because it sounded like an angry cat. As a verb, attested from 1734 …   Etymology dictionary

  • catcall — [n] heckle boo, Bronx cheer*, derision, gibe, hiss, hoot, jeer, raspberry*, shout, whistle; concepts 44,47 …   New thesaurus

  • catcall — [kat′kôl΄] n. a shrill shout or whistle expressing derision or disapproval, as of a speaker, actor, etc. vt. to deride with catcalls vi. to make catcalls …   English World dictionary

  • catcall — UK [ˈkætˌkɔːl] / US [ˈkætˌkɔl] noun [countable] Word forms catcall : singular catcall plural catcalls a loud whistling sound that someone in an audience or a crowd makes to show that they do not like a person or a performance …   English dictionary

  • catcall — n. & v. n. a shrill whistle of disapproval made at meetings etc. v. 1 intr. make a catcall. 2 tr. make a catcall at …   Useful english dictionary

  • catcall — noun Date: 1693 1. a loud or raucous cry made especially to express disapproval (as at a sports event) 2. a derisive remark ; criticism • catcall verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • catcall — cat|call [ˈkætko:l US ko:l] n a loud whistle or shout expressing disapproval of a speech or performance ▪ jeers and catcalls from the audience >catcall v [I] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • catcall — noun a shrill whistle or shout of mockery or disapproval. verb make a catcall. Origin C17: from cat1 + call …   English new terms dictionary

  • catcall — noun (C) a loud whistle or shout expressing dislike or disapproval of a speech or performance: jeers and catcalls from the audience catcall verb (I) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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