\ ¦hərdē¦gərdə̇st \
variants: or hurdy-gurdyist \ ¦⸗⸗¦⸗dēə̇st \
plural hurdy-gurdists or hurdy-gurdyists

Definition of hurdy-gurdist

: a hurdy-gurdy player Two hurdy-gurdists and a poor / Street-Handel grinding at my door, / Are all my ‘tuneful throng.’ — Thomas Hood, “An Ode in Imitation of Horace,”, circa 1828

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First Known Use of hurdy-gurdist

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Hurdy-gurdist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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