hurdy-gurdy

noun hur·dy-gur·dy \ ˌhər-dē-ˈgər-dē , ˈhər-dē-ˌgər- \

Definition of hurdy-gurdy

plural hurdy-gurdies
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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Origin and Etymology of hurdy-gurdy

probably imitative


HURDY-GURDY Defined for English Language Learners

hurdy-gurdy

noun

Definition of hurdy-gurdy for English Language Learners

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


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