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callithump

[kal-uh-thuhmp] /ˈkæl əˌθʌmp/
noun, Chiefly Northeastern U.S.
1.
a shivaree.
2.
Midwestern U.S.. Also called callithump parade. a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.
Also, callathump.
Origin
British dialect
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; compare earlier callithumpian band assembly of noisemakers on New Year's Eve, British dialect gallithumpians disturbers of order at Parliamentary elections, probably equivalent to dial. gally to frighten (as in gallicrow scarecrow; akin to Old English agælwan to scare) + thump + -ian
Related forms
callithumpian, adjective, noun
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