A loud and often derogatory shout or whistle directed at a person, usually a woman, in a public place.
The word "catcall" originated in the 16th century as a combination of the words "cat" and "call", possibly as a reference to the high-pitched cries made by cats. over time, the term came to refer specifically to loud and often derogatory shouts or whistles directed at a person, usually a woman, in a public place.
- She was walking down the street and was subjected to a constant barrage of catcalls from the construction workers.
- The politicians made a catcall during the assembly meeting.
- I heard a catcall from the crowd as I walked by.
- The catcall made her feel uncomfortable and unsafe.
- The protesters were met with catcalls from the opposing side.