Definition of Shivaree

1. Noun. A noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple.

Exact synonyms: Belling, Callathump, Callithump, Charivari, Chivaree
Generic synonyms: Serenade
Derivative terms: Callithumpian



Definition of Shivaree

1. Noun. The noisy banging of pots and pans as a mock serenade to a newly married couple, or similar occasion. ¹

2. Noun. Any loud cacophonous noise or hubbub. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Shivaree

1. to chivaree [v -REED, -REEING, -REES] - See also: chivaree

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shivaree

shiur
shiurim
shiv
shiv'ah
shivah
shivahs
shivaree (current term)
shivareed
shivareeing
shivarees
shivas
shive
shiver
shiver-spar
shiver my timbers
shivered
shiverer
shiverers
shiverier
shiveriest
shivering

Literary usage of Shivaree

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1. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"Of course the actors in the "shivaree" business were mainly young1 men and boys. ... The " shivaree" custom was unquestionably a survival of semi-barbaric ..."

2. Curiosities of Popular Customs and of Rites, Ceremonies, Observances, and by William Shepard Walsh (1897)
"The ' shivaree'is described at length in Eggleston's ' The End of the World.' I know of no other writer who has ever tried to convert its unpleasant ..."

3. Theatre Arts by Society of Arts and Crafts, Detroit (1922)
"shivaree is the best of these plays, it has something about it that is audacious and powerful both in its situation and in its brutality of approach; ..."

4. Library of Southern Literature by John Calvin Metcalf (1909)
""But you can shivaree somebody else," said desperate little White. ... They've gone down to shivaree the old Dutchwoman who married her step-daughter's ..."

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