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callathump

cal·la·thump
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kal-uh-thuhmp]
    • /ˈkæl əˌθʌmp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kal-uh-thuhmp]
    • /ˈkæl əˌθʌmp/

Definitions of callathump word

  • noun callathump a shivaree. 1
  • noun callathump Midwestern U.S.. Also called callithump parade. a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes. 1

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Origin of callathump

First appearance:

before 1855
One of the 30% newest English words
1855-60, Americanism; compare earlier callithumpian band assembly of noisemakers on New Year's Eve, British dialect gallithumpians disturbers of order at Parliamentary elections, probably equivalent to dial. gally to frighten (as in gallicrow scarecrow; akin to Old English agælwan to scare) + thump + -ian

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Parts of speech for Callathump

noun
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verb
adverb
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preposition
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exclamation

callathump popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 32% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 63% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

callathump usage trend in Literature

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