from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Midwestern & Western U.S. A noisy mock serenade for newlyweds. Also called regionally charivari, belling, horning, serenade.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The noisy banging of pots and pans as a mock serenade to a newly married couple, or similar occasion.
- n. Any loud cacophonous noise or hubbub.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A corruption of charivari.
- To salute with a mock serenade.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple
The word shivaree is especially common along and west of the Mississippi River.
Right, but I did once read that Sugaree per Lizabeth Cotton (Cotten?) was dervied ultimately from shivaree which is I believe an south asian or middle eastern word?
It became a custom, in anticipation of a "shivaree," to send round word to Mrs. Ferris not to be afraid, the shooting was all in fun.
Well, anyway, when Bill and the girl got married, the boys came to 'shivaree' them.
I came to tell you that there's a scheme to raise -- to 'shivaree' you two, tonight.
So in blind desperation I started such a rattling 'shivaree' down below as never had astounded an engineer in this world before, I fancy.
I've helped run people's underwear up flag poles, put garlic on toothbrushes, books in pillows, broken crackers in beds (does anyone else still remember a "shivaree"?), and short-sheeted beds.
Princess, "a sort of sublimated" shivaree "in which oboes quawk, muted trumpets bray, pizzicato strings flutter, and mandolins (loved of
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The party ends, and we go back to the farm, but not to bed, for we children are going to do a shivaree on Mr. Clayton and Miss McEwing.
Do you think somebody is already giving them a shivaree?