- a musical toy consisting of a tube that is open at both ends and has a hole in the side covered with parchment or membrane, which produces a buzzing sound when the performer hums into one end.Also called mirliton.
- the buttocks.
- the anus.
Origin of kazoo
Examples from the Web for kazoo
Contemporary Examples of kazoo
There was a moment in the show when Culkin did a kazoo solo on “Take a Bite of the Wild Slice.”Eight Minutes at Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza Party
December 14, 2013
Historical Examples of kazoo
The Sand Piper marched ahead, playing on a tuneful instrument known as a kazoo.Marjorie at Seacote
Somewhere in the bushes, someone began to play a kazoo, adding the final touch of melancholy and heartbreak to the music.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
"There's a kazoo for everyone, too," said Shaw, as the outstretched hands were equipped with wedding ammunition.Excuse Me!
- a cigar-shaped musical instrument of metal or plastic with a membranous diaphragm of thin paper that vibrates with a nasal sound when the player hums into it
Word Origin for kazoo
1884, American English, probably altered from earlier bazoo "trumpet" (1877); probably ultimately imitative (cf. bazooka). In England, formerly called a Timmy Talker, in France, a mirliton.
Kazoos, the great musical wonder, ... anyone can play it; imitates fowls, animals, bagpipes, etc. [1895 Montgomery Ward catalogue, p.245]