Definition of Hurdy-gurdy

1. Noun. A musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegs.

Exact synonyms: Barrel Organ, Grind Organ, Hand Organ, Hurdy Gurdy, Street Organ
Generic synonyms: Instrument, Musical Instrument
Category relationships: Music



Definition of Hurdy-gurdy

1. Adjective. (jocular) Sounding like the Swedish language. ¹

2. Noun. (qualifier music) A medieval stringed instrument which has a droning sound. One hand turns a handle connected to a wheel which vibrates the strings, while the other hand plays a keyboard to alter the pitch. ¹

3. Noun. (qualifier music) A barrel organ. ¹

4. Noun. (US California) A water wheel with radial buckets, driven by the impact of a jet. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hurdy-gurdy

hurden
hurdens
hurdies
hurdle
hurdle race
hurdled
hurdler
hurdlers
hurdles
hurdlework
hurdleworks
hurdling
hurdlings
hurds
hurdy-gurdies
hurdy-gurdy (current term)
hurdy gurdy
hurkaru
hurkarus
hurkle
hurl
hurl'd
hurlbat
hurlbats
hurlbone
hurlbutite
hurled
hurler
hurler on the ditch
hurlers

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