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[bag-pahyp] /ˈbægˌpaɪp/
Often, bagpipes. a reed instrument consisting of a melody pipe and one or more accompanying drone pipes protruding from a windbag into which the air is blown by the mouth or a bellows.
verb (used with object), bagpiped, bagpiping.
Nautical. to back (a fore-and-aft sail) by hauling the sheet to windward.
Origin of bagpipe
First recorded in 1300-50, bagpipe is from the Middle English word baggepipe. See bag, pipe1
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bagpiper, noun Unabridged
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  • Among the party was Sergeant Clarke, who brought his bagpipes with him.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • There may be some people who have a prejudice against the bagpipes.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • Wandering Willie was nowhere, but the atmosphere was full of bagpipes.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • Pay the man that played upon me after I was made into bagpipes!

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • There were brass bands, drum and fife bands, and bands of bagpipes.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
British Dictionary definitions for bagpipes


plural noun
any of a family of musical wind instruments in which sounds are produced in reed pipes supplied with air from a bag inflated either by the player's mouth, as in the Irish bagpipes or Highland bagpipes of Scotland, or by arm-operated bellows, as in the Northumbrian bagpipes


(modifier) of or relating to the bagpipes: a bagpipe maker
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Word Origin and History for bagpipes



late 14c., from bag (n.) + pipe (n.1); originally a favorite instrument in England as well as the Celtic lands, but by 1912 English army officers' slang for it was agony bags. Related: Bagpiper (early 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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