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kazoo

[ kuh-zoo ]
/ kəˈzu /
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noun, plural ka·zoos.
Also called mirliton . 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.
Slang.
  1. the buttocks.
  2. the anus.
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Idioms about kazoo

    pain in the kazoo, Slang. pain (def. 5): Organizing the family reunion was a big pain in the kazoo.
    up / out the kazoo, Slang. wazoo (def. 3): We pay taxes up the kazoo, but the streets are still full of potholes and trash collection comes late.

Origin of kazoo

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; 1965–70 for def. 2; origin uncertain; alleged to be imitative; see wazoo

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British Dictionary definitions for kazoo

kazoo
/ (kəˈzuː) /

noun plural -zoos
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

C20: probably imitative of the sound produced
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