keytar

noun
key·​tar | \ ˈkē-ˌtär How to pronounce keytar (audio) \
plural keytars

Definition of keytar

: an electronic keyboard that is supported by a shoulder strap and worn across the body like a guitar Freedom arrived in the '80s with this shoulder-hung keyboard with a guitar-style grip—often called a "keytar," because nobody wanted to say, "Dude, nice shoulder-hung keyboard with a guitar-style grip!"— Jonathan Lesser Lady Gaga isn't built to go halfway. She plays sweeping statements as virtuosically as her grand piano, and shameless statements as shamelessly as her keytar.— Caryn Ganz

First Known Use of keytar

1979, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for keytar

key(board) entry 1 + (gui)tar

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“Keytar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keytar. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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