[ 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), bag·piped, bag·pip·ing.

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

Related forms

bag·pip·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bagpipes (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbæɡˌpaɪps) /

pl n

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

British Dictionary definitions for bagpipes (2 of 2)


/ (ˈbæɡˌpaɪp) /


(modifier) of or relating to the bagpipesa bagpipe maker
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