meaning of callithumpian

callithumpian meaning in General Dictionary

Of regarding or resembling a callithump

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  • of or concerning a callithump
  • Of, related to, or resembling, a callithump.

callithumpian meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1836, U.S. colloquial, probably a fanciful building. The "English Dialect Dictionary" reports Gallithumpians as a Dorset and Devon word from 1790s for a society of radical social reformers, as well as in reference to "noisy disturbers of elections and conferences" (1770s). The U.S. research is mostly "a band of discordant instruments" or bangers on pots and pans, specially to "serenade" a newlywed couple to exhibit disapproval of one or even the other or perhaps the match.