hurdy-gurdy

noun
hur·dy-gur·dy | \ˌhər-dē-ˈgər-dē, 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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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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