Katzenjammer definition

kătsən-jămər
A farcical quality; travesty.
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A hangover.
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A state of depression or bewilderment.
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A bewildering hodgepodge or distressing confusion.
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A loud, discordant noise.
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A severe headache, esp. as part of a hangover.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
katzenjammer
Plural:
katzenjammers

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

  • German Katzenjammer ("the wailing of cats"), hangover; a determinative compound formed from the noun Katze "cat", the juncture -n and the noun Jammer "wailing" or "distress".

    From Wiktionary