A farcical quality; travesty.
A state of depression or bewilderment.
A bewildering hodgepodge or distressing confusion.
A loud, discordant noise.
A severe headache, esp. as part of a hangover.
Other Word Forms
Origin of katzenjammer
- German hangover Katzen pl. of Katze cat (from Middle High German katze) (from Old High German kazza) (Old English catt cat) Jammer wailing (from Middle High German jāmer) (from Old High German jāmar misery)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition