CAT CALL. A kind of whistle, chiefly used at theatres, to
interrupt the actors, and damn a new piece. It derives
its name from one of its sounds, which greatly resembles
the modulation of an intriguing boar cat.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
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.
Upon the rising of the curtain. I was very much
surprised with the great consort of catcalls which was
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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