katzenjammer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkætsənd͡ʒæmə(ɹ)/

Noun[edit]

katzenjammer (plural katzenjammers)

  1. hangover
    • 1936: In those days a still-birth brought as high as ten dollars and after riding the shoot-the-chutes we always left a little stale beer for the morning because the finest thing in the world for Katzenjammer is a glass of stale beer. — Henry Miller, Black Spring
  2. jitters; discord; confusion
  3. depression