disk jockey

noun

variant spelling of disc jockey

1
: a person who introduces and plays recorded music (especially popular music) on a show (such as a radio program)
Pervis Spann … was the voice for Black Chicago during his transformative tenure as a disc jockey and owner at WVON.The Chicago Tribune
Each Sunday, a zany Los Angeles disk jockey who calls himself Dr. Demento inflicts four live hours of … tunes on the listeners of L.A.'s KMET radio station.Betsy Carter and Peter S. Greenberg

called also deejay, DJ

2
: an entertainer who plays and often manipulates recorded music (as by combining tracks or adding effects) for dancing at a night club or party
The duo also hired a disc jockey … who has spun at the club nearly every Friday night since 1991.Brittanie Shey
also : someone who makes music (as through turntablism, sampling, etc.) that is often sung or rapped over
Having observed the rise of legendary disc jockeys like Grandmaster Flash and Kool DJ Red Alert firsthand, he [DJ Kay Slay] was inspired to try out the discipline himself. Nina Corcoran and Jazz Monroe
Come nightfall, [NFL linebacker Von] Miller works on his disc jockey skills, something he first started doing last season. … He said he had to cancel big plans spinning and scratching during sporting events this offseason. Arnie Stapleton

called also deejay, DJ

Dictionary Entries Near disk jockey

Cite this Entry

“Disk jockey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disk%20jockey. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

disk jockey

variant of disc jockey

More from Merriam-Webster on disk jockey

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!