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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

Example Sentences

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While improved from before, the engine note can be a little buzzy and kazoo-like. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 10 Mar. 2023 On a trip to the island of South Georgia in 2011, the seabird approached the nature photographer and writer, threw its head back and released a sound that Bergman describes as a kazoo. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021 Is that an actual violin, a synthesizer that sounds like a violin, a sample of a synthesizer that sounds like a violin, or a raccoon playing a kazoo that has been digitally manipulated to sound like a violin? Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 9 Nov. 2020

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Word History


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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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Cite this Entry

“Kazoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kazoo. Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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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