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- n. A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns and other discordant noises.
- n. A burlesque serenade; a charivari.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To treat to a callithumpian concert.
- n. A charivari (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple
- n. a noisy boisterous parade
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Hardly anybody now alive is old enough ever to have seen and heard that boisterous old callithump known as a "dyke," which was famous enough once upon a time.
I have the greatest respect for honorable toil, but even more for callithump.
By the time I had pulled half-way down one row I could feel the callithump working.
I realized presently that my special forte lay in directing a sizable garden like that rather than in performing the actual labor, especially when June arrived and the sun began to approach the perpendicular and take on callithump.
You probably don't know what callithump is, but you will find out if you undertake to hoe sod-ground potatoes in July.
I became acquainted with callithump when I straightened out the asparagus-bed.