from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A noisy concert, characterized by beating of tin pans, blowing of horns, shouts, groans, catcalls, etc.: usually given as a serenade to persons who have excited local ridicule or hostility; a charivari.
  • noun One who takes part in such a concert.

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  • adjective United States Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a callithump.

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  • adjective US Of, relating to, or resembling a callithump.

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  • adjective of or relating to a callithump


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callithump +‎ -ian


  • He had been entertaining a regular callithumpian parade of Red Cross commissioners from America, and he probably felt that he had seen the worst and that this was just another cross.

    The Martial Adventures of Henry and Me

  • Cabarets, bean-counting contests, lotteries and callithumpian methods generally marked a period in Canada's recruiting history not pleasant to review, and which brought discredit upon the entire voluntary enlistment system as a permanent method of filling up armies.

    Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights


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  • Great word. Apparently, it originally referred to a society of social reformers, then was used (in the early 19th c.) in reference to "noisy disturbers of elections and meetings," and most commonly "a band of discordant instruments."

    February 16, 2007

  • I'd hit that.

    February 16, 2007

  • Fantastic.

    November 23, 2008

  • Callithumpians were groups of diverse social reformers of independent religious views. Specific interest subgroups formed from them include the Independent Order of Rehabites, various musical bands, and branches especially in the mid-1800s gold-fields noted for their diversity, whether religious, political, musical or spelling of Carrothumpian, Calathumpiam, etc.

    February 5, 2009