Definition of Chivaree

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

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



Definition of Chivaree

1. to perform a mock serenade [v -REED, -REEING, -REES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Chivaree

chittimwood
chitting
chitty
chitupa
chitupas
chiv
chivachie
chivachies
chivalric
chivalries
chivalrous
chivalrously
chivalrousness
chivaree (current term)
chivareed
chivareeing
chivarees
chivari
chivaried
chivaries
chivariing
chive
chived
chives
chivied
chivies
chiving
chivs

Literary usage of Chivaree

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1. Curiosities of Popular Customs and of Rites, Ceremonies, Observances, and by William Shepard Walsh (1897)
"Charivari (in local American usage frequently corrupted into chivaree or ... The chivaree was originally extended both in this country and in France to all ..."

2. Dialect Notes by American Dialect Society (1896)
"Myers- ville, Md. belling : a serenade, chivaree. NY n., O. n. belly-bunk (a.) : used by boys for coasting on sleds face downwards. NY c., sw belly-whack, ..."

3. Highways and Byways of the Great Lakes by Clifton Johnson (1911)
"That chivaree at the Frenchman's was still going on when a lamp got knocked over, and all at once the house was ablaze. The wind was blowing, ..."

4. Siege Days: Personal Experiences of American Women and Children During the by Ada Haven Mateer (1903)
"We have had it quiet now for over a week, except that they gave us a little chivaree two nights ago, just to keep their hands in. ..."

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