One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun Confusion; uproar.
- ‘The war and the next war have nothing to do with liberation or terrorism or any of that katzenjammer.’
- ‘All of this criminal katzenjammer - and much, much more - was authorized at the highest levels, as top procurement brass and Pentagon officials confirmed.’
- ‘And yet, in 1979, the man who loaned his prestigious name to this enormous katzenjammer denounced the parapsychologists for being weird.’
2A hangover; a severe headache resulting from a hangover.
- ‘The present invention relates to a composition for preventing and treating katzenjammers, and more particularly, to a composition comprising herb extracts for preventing and treating katzenjammers.’
- ‘Imagine a cuisine that carries an nonpareil aroma of Portugal, covered with exotic Indian spices and soaked in the inescapable katzenjammer of Goa's favourite drink.’
- ‘By now, my katzenjammer had eased to the point where my head only throbbed if I made sudden movements.’
Mid 19th century: from German Katzen (combining form of Katze ‘cat’) + Jammer ‘distress’; popularized by the cartoon Katzenjammer Kids, drawn by Rudolf Dirks in 1897 for the New York Journal, featuring two incorrigible children.
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