organ-grinder

noun or·gan-grind·er \ ˈȯr-gən-ˌgrīn-dər \

Definition of organ-grinder

: one that cranks a hand organ; especially : a street musician who operates a barrel organ

First Known Use of organ-grinder

1781

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Definition of organ-grinder for English Language Learners

  • : a musician who plays a barrel organ in a public place for money


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