hurdy-gurdy

[ hur-dee-gur-dee, -gur- ]
/ ˈhɜr diˈgɜr di, -ˌgɜr- /
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noun, plural hur·dy-gur·dies.

a barrel organ or similar musical instrument played by turning a crank.
a lute- or guitar-shaped stringed musical instrument sounded by the revolution against the strings of a rosined wheel turned by a crank.

Origin of hurdy-gurdy

1740–50; variant of Scots hirdy-girdy uproar, influencedby hurly-burly

Related forms

hur·dy-gur·dist, hur·dy-gur·dy·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hurdy-gurdy

hurdy-gurdy

/ (ˈhɜːdɪˈɡɜːdɪ) /

noun plural -dies

any mechanical musical instrument, such as a barrel organ
a medieval instrument shaped like a viol in which a rosined wheel rotated by a handle sounds the strings

Word Origin for hurdy-gurdy

C18: rhyming compound, probably of imitative origin
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