katzenjammer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German Katzenjammer (hangover, literally the wailing of cats); a determinative compound formed from Katze (cat) +‎ -n- +‎ Jammer (wailing; lamentation).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkætsənd͡ʒæmə(ɹ)/

Noun[edit]

katzenjammer (plural katzenjammers)

  1. hangover
    • 1936, Henry Miller, Black Spring
      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.
  2. jitters; discord; confusion
  3. depression