Probably from an arbitrary first element and thump
callithump (plural callithumps)
- (US) A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns and other discordant noises.
- (US) A burlesque serenade; a charivari.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for callithump in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)