variants or hurdy-gurdyist
plural hurdy-gurdists or hurdy-gurdyists
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hurdy-gurdist was in 1827

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“Hurdy-gurdist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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