- a portable barrel organ played by means of a crank turned by hand.
Origin of hand organ
Examples from the Web for hand organ
Historical Examples of hand organ
The violin and piano are excellent, but on some accounts the hand-organ is the best of all.
And all he needs is a hand-organ and a monkey to be an Italian.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
Blossom never saw a steam-car nor a city, nor—nor heard a hand-organ!Judith Lynn
Annie Hamilton Donnell
The girls waved their handkerchiefs, and Fritz Davis played his hand-organ.
Even the hand-organ could not rob the intermezzo of its charm for the public!The Complete Opera Book
- another name for barrel organ