[ kuh-zoo ]
/ kəˈzu /

noun, plural ka·zoos.

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.
  1. the buttocks.
  2. the anus.

Origin of kazoo

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; origin uncertain; alleged to be imitative
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Examples from the Web for kazoo

  • There was a moment in the show when Culkin did a kazoo solo on “Take a Bite of the Wild Slice.”

  • "There's a kazoo for everyone, too," said Shaw, as the outstretched hands were equipped with wedding ammunition.

    Excuse Me!|Rupert Hughes
  • 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
  • The Sand Piper marched ahead, playing on a tuneful instrument known as a kazoo.

    Marjorie at Seacote|Carolyn Wells

British Dictionary definitions for 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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