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hurdy–gurdy

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noun hur·dy–gur·dy \ˌhər-dē-ˈgər-dē, ˈhər-dē-ˌ\

Simple Definition of hurdy–gurdy

  • : a stringed musical instrument that is played by turning a handle

Full Definition of hurdy–gurdy

plural hur·dy–gurdies

  1. 1 :  a stringed instrument in which sound is produced by the friction of a rosined wheel turned by a crank against the strings and the pitches are varied by keys

  2. 2 :  any of various mechanical musical instruments (as the barrel organ)

Illustration of hurdy–gurdy

Origin of hurdy–gurdy

probably imitative


First Known Use: 1749


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