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 (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.



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]


(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


[ˈhɜːdɪˌgɜːdɪ] Norganillo m


nLeierkasten m, → Drehorgel f
References in classic literature ?
Arriving under the shadow of the Pyncheon Elm, it proved to be the Italian boy, who, with his monkey and show of puppets, had once before played his hurdy-gurdy beneath the arched window.
As the Italian shouldered his hurdy-gurdy, he saw on the doorstep a card, which had been covered, all the morning, by the newpaper that the carrier had flung upon it, but was now shuffled into sight.
A hurdy-gurdy was playing in the corner opposite the club, just visible from where he stood.
sort of guitar, or rather hurdy-gurdy, the strings of which were
I'm not going into another man's house with a, hurdy-gurdy," said Lord Lundie, recoiling, as Giuseppe unshipped the working mechanism of the organ (it developed a hang-down leg) from its wheels, slipped a strap round his shoulders, and gave the handle a twist.
Blowzabella Day, Holmfirth Civic Hall: Folk band Blowzabella, which uses historic drone instruments such the hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes, is hosting a day of dance and music workshops in association with Holmfirth Festival of Folk.
When the last song, 'Der Leiermann' (The Hurdy-Gurdy Man), was performed, one felt a lump in the throat: Both singer and collaborative pianist, as in the previous songs and for the last time, had rendered fully Schubert's poignant lyricism.
This final song elicits a strong response from Bostridge; it is the only song in the cycle in which he sees the piano as separate from the voice in its role as the hurdy-gurdy.
The visitors performed intricate bourree dances from their region, in heavy wooden clogs and accompanied by their musicians playing the unique multi-stringed hurdy-gurdy instrument.
All members sing and are multiinstrumentalists (on fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, hurdy-gurdy etc.
It's not every day you come across a Hurdy-Gurdy, a Gittern or a Sackbut The workshop and concert are sure to be fantastic.
In other words, it is a wordy, hurdy-gurdy stitch to read, words and pictures both.