katzenjammer

katzenjammer

[kat-suhn-jam-er]
noun
1.
the discomfort and illness experienced as the aftereffects of excessive drinking; hangover.
2.
uneasiness; anguish; distress.
3.
uproar; clamor: His speech produced a public katzenjammer.

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

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katzenjammer (ˈkætsənˌdʒæmə)
 
n
1.  a confused uproar
2.  a hangover
 
[German, literally: hangover, from Katzen cats + jammer misery, wailing]

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katzenjammer
1849, "a hangover," Amer.Eng. colloquial, from Ger. katzen, comb. form of katze "cat" + jammer "distress, wailing." Hence, "any unpleasant reaction" (1897). Katzenjammer Kids "naughty children" is from title of comic strip first drawn by Rudolph Dirks in 1897 for the "New York Journal."
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