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noun (1)

ka·​zoo kə-ˈzü How to pronounce kazoo (audio)
plural kazoos
: an instrument that imparts a buzzing quality to the human voice and that usually consists of a small metal or plastic tube with a side hole covered by a thin membrane


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noun (2)

plural kazoos
: wazoo

Examples of kazoo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The gap in production quality between America’s Sweethearts and the CMT series is like the difference between Dizzy Gillespie and a child playing a kazoo, but for at least four of the seven episodes, America’s Sweethearts is a rerun of Making the Team. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 June 2024 Guests can listen to live music from the Carmel Rotary Amphitheater and check out special events like the Carmel Firehouse Cook-Off, Jim Keckley Donut Day and an Independence Day kazoo parade for kids. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 9 May 2024 While Bacon strummed away on guitar, Sedgwick buzzed away at her instrument of choice, the kazoo. Henry Chandonnet, Peoplemag, 4 July 2023 The couple joined together in harmony before Sedgwick busted out on a kazoo solo. Henry Chandonnet, Peoplemag, 4 July 2023 And more, much more, decades more, leading to this point where George and I now chat at a bar about LSD, shrooms, and kazoos. Matt Thompson, SPIN, 4 July 2023 Business continued as usual Monday afternoon at the JW Marriott in the L.A. Live entertainment district, even as picketing hotel workers lined the sides of the street playing drums and kazoos. Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times, 3 July 2023 Those laughs began right from the Universal studio card, which replaced that familiar planetary overture with the crude music of Minions on kazoo. Ben Croll, Variety, 14 June 2023 That familiarity can occasionally be present in their music as well but De La’s primary producer Prince Paul mainly reveled in mining funk from unexpected sources: yodeling, kazoos, nursery rhymes, records for learning how to speak French. Hazlitt, 22 Mar. 2023

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Word History


Noun (1)


Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1884, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kazoo was in 1884

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“Kazoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kazoo. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural kazoos
: a toy musical instrument containing a membrane which produces a buzzing tone when one hums into the mouth hole

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