katzenjammer

[ kat-suh n-jam-er ]
/ ˈkæt sənˌdʒæm ər /
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noun

the discomfort and illness experienced as the aftereffects of excessive drinking; hangover.
uneasiness; anguish; distress.
uproar; clamor: His speech produced a public katzenjammer.

Nearby words

  1. kattegat,
  2. kattowitz,
  3. katy,
  4. katydid,
  5. katz,
  6. kauai,
  7. kauch,
  8. kauffmann,
  9. kaufman,
  10. kaufman, george s.

Origin of katzenjammer

1840–50; < German, equivalent to Katzen (plural of Katze cat) + Jammer “discomfort,” Old High German jāmar (noun and adjective); cf. yammer

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British Dictionary definitions for katzenjammer

katzenjammer

/ (ˈkætsənˌdʒæmə) /

noun mainly US

a confused uproar
a hangover

Word Origin for katzenjammer

German, literally: hangover, from Katzen cats + jammer misery, wailing

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Word Origin and History for katzenjammer

katzenjammer

n.
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