hurdy-gurdy

noun
hur·​dy-gur·​dy | \ ˌhər-dē-ˈgər-dē How to pronounce hurdy-gurdy (audio) , ˈhər-dē-ˌgər- \
plural hurdy-gurdies

Definition of hurdy-gurdy

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

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First Known Use of hurdy-gurdy

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hurdy-gurdy

probably imitative

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The first known use of hurdy-gurdy was in 1745

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“Hurdy-gurdy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hurdy-gurdy. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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hurdy-gurdy

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English Language Learners Definition of hurdy-gurdy

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

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