Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

organ–grinder

play
noun or·gan–grind·er \ˈȯr-gən-ˌgrīn-dər\

Simple Definition of organ–grinder

  • : a musician who plays a barrel organ in a public place for money

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of organ–grinder

  1. :  one that cranks a hand organ; especially :  a street musician who operates a barrel organ

Circa 1807

First Known Use of organ–grinder

circa 1807


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up organ–grinder? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a secret group of plotters

Get Word of the Day daily email!