callithump

callithump

[kal-uh-thuhmp]
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:
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

callithumpian, adjective, noun
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callithump

noun
1. a noisy boisterous parade 
2. a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple [syn: shivaree
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