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bagpipe

[bag-pahyp]
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noun
  1. 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.
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verb (used with object), bag·piped, bag·pip·ing.
  1. Nautical. to back (a fore-and-aft sail) by hauling the sheet to windward.
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Origin of bagpipe

First recorded in 1300–50, bagpipe is from the Middle English word baggepipe. See bag, pipe1
Related formsbag·pip·er, noun
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  • There may be some people who have a prejudice against the bagpipes.

  • Among the party was Sergeant Clarke, who brought his bagpipes with him.

  • Wandering Willie was nowhere, but the atmosphere was full of bagpipes.

  • 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

bagpipes

pl n
  1. 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
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bagpipe

noun
  1. (modifier) of or relating to the bagpipesa bagpipe maker
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Word Origin and History for bagpipes

bagpipe

n.

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.).

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