Definition of callithump in English:

callithump

(also callathump, callythump, calathump)

noun

Regional, US
informal, historical
  • A cacophonous bout of noise-making performed by a group of people with a variety of instruments, utensils, etc., as a demonstration of a general feeling of celebration, dissatisfaction, etc.

verb

  • 1with object Of a group of people: to make cacophonous music or noise using a variety of instruments, utensils, etc., to (a person) or in (a place), as a demonstration of a general feeling of celebration, dissatisfaction, etc.

  • 2no object Of a group of people: to parade or go about making cacophonous music or noise using a variety of instruments, utensils, etc., as a demonstration of a general feeling of celebration, dissatisfaction, etc.

Origin

Mid 19th century. Probably from callithump-<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Portsmouth (Ohio) Inquirer. From callithump.

Pronunciation

callithump

/ˈkalɪθʌmp/