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 with the great consort of catcalls which was exhibited. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

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