katzenjammer

A katzenjammer is an unpleasantly loud, confused, and dissonant sound. A katzenjammer next door might keep you awake all night and make you cranky all the next day.

The noun katzenjammer, while considered somewhat outdated today, has at times been used colloquially to mean various kinds of unpleasant sensations, from general confusion to depression to noisy uproar to a bad, dull headache. The word means "cat's wail" in German, from katze, "cat," and jammer, "distress" or "wailing."

Primary Meanings of katzenjammer

1.
n
loud confused noise from many sources
2.
n
disagreeable aftereffects from the use of drugs (especially alcohol)
Full Definitions of katzenjammer
1

n loud confused noise from many sources

Synonyms:
brouhaha, hubbub, uproar
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
2

n disagreeable aftereffects from the use of drugs (especially alcohol)

Synonyms:
hangover
Type of:
discomfort, uncomfortableness
the state of being tense and feeling pain

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