noun, plural cha·ri·va·ris, verb (used with object), cha·ri·va·ried, cha·ri·va·ri·ing.
Origin of charivari
noun, verb (used with object), chiv·a·reed, chiv·a·ree·ing.
shivaree or esp US chivaree
Word Origin for charivari
"rough music," especially as a community way of expressing disapproval of a marriage match, 1735, from French charivari, from Old French chalivali "discordant noise made by pots and pans" (14c.), from Late Latin caribaria "a severe headache," from Greek karebaria "headache," from kare "head" + barys "heavy" (see grave (adj.)).