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hur·dy-gur·dy

 (hûr′dē-gûr′dē, hûr′dē-gûr′dē)
n. pl. hur·dy-gur·dies
1. A stringed instrument played by turning a rosined wheel with a crank and depressing keys connected to tangents on the strings.
2. An instrument, such as a barrel organ, played by turning a crank.

[Imitative.]

hurdy-gurdy

(ˈhɜːdɪˈɡɜːdɪ)
n, pl -dies
1. (Instruments) any mechanical musical instrument, such as a barrel organ
2. (Instruments) a medieval instrument shaped like a viol in which a rosined wheel rotated by a handle sounds the strings
[C18: rhyming compound, probably of imitative origin]

hur•dy-gur•dy

(ˈhɜr diˈgɜr di, -ˌgɜr-)

n., pl. -gur•dies.
1. a barrel organ or similar musical instrument played by turning a crank.
2. a lute- or guitar-shaped stringed musical instrument sounded by the revolution against the strings of a rosined wheel turned by a crank.
[1740–50; variant of Scots hirdy-girdy uproar]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hurdy-gurdy - a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegshurdy-gurdy - a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegs
musical instrument, instrument - any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
Translations

hurdy-gurdy

[ˈhɜːdɪˌgɜːdɪ] Norganillo m

hurdy-gurdy

nLeierkasten m, → Drehorgel f
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