Definition of katzenjammer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkatsənˌjamər/


US informal, dated
1Confusion; uproar.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • The war and the next war have nothing to do with liberation or terrorism or any of that katzenjammer.
1.1A hangover; a severe headache resulting from a hangover.
Example sentences
  • By now, my katzenjammer had eased to the point where my head only throbbed if I made sudden movements.
  • 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.


Mid 19th century: from German Katzen (combining form of Katze 'cat') + Jammer 'distress'; popularized by the cartoon Katzenjammer Kids, drawn by Rudolf Dirks (1877–1968) in 1897 for the New York Journal, featuring two incorrigible children.

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Syllabification: katz·en·jam·mer

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