hurdy-gurdy
noun (plural -gurdies) Etymology: probably imitative Date: 1749 1. a stringed instrument in which sound is produced by the friction of a rosined wheel turned by a crank against the strings and the pitches are varied by keys 2. any of various mechanical musical instruments (as the barrel organ)

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  • hurdy-gurdy — hurdy gurdist, hurdy gurdyist, n. /herr dee gerr dee, gerr /, n., pl. hurdy gurdies. 1. a barrel organ or similar musical instrument played by turning a crank. 2. a lute or guitar shaped stringed musical instrument sounded by the revolution… …   Universalium

  • Hurdy Gurdy — bezeichnet ist in der englischen Sprache das Wort für Drehleier, ein Musikinstrument. Hurdy Gurdy Girls, Tanzmädchen in amerikanischen Saloons des 19. Jahrhunderts …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Hurdy-Gurdy — bezeichnet ist in der englischen Sprache das Wort für Drehleier, ein Musikinstrument. Hurdy Gurdy Girls, Tanzmädchen in amerikanischen Saloons des 19. Jahrhunderts. Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • hurdy-gurdy — ► NOUN (pl. hurdy gurdies) 1) a musical instrument with a droning sound played by turning a handle, with keys worked by the other hand. 2) informal a barrel organ. ORIGIN probably imitative of the instrument s sound …   English terms dictionary

  • hurdy-gurdy — [hʉr′dē gʉr′dē] n. pl. hurdy gurdies [prob. echoic] 1. an early instrument shaped like a lute or viol but played by turning a crank attached to a rosined wheel that causes the strings to vibrate 2. popularly a barrel organ …   English World dictionary

  • Hurdy-gurdy — Hur dy gur dy, n. [Prob. of imitative origin.] 1. A stringled instrument, lutelike in shape, in which the sound is produced by the friction of a wheel turned by a crank at the end, instead of by a bow, two of the strings being tuned as drones,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hurdy-gurdy — (engl., spr. hördi gördi), Drehleier …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Hurdy-gurdy —   [englisch, hɛːrdɪ gɛːrdɪ], Drehleier.   …   Universal-Lexikon

  • hurdy-gurdy — 1749, perhaps imitative of its sound and influenced by c.1500 hirdy girdy uproar, confusion …   Etymology dictionary

  • Hurdy gurdy — Infobox Instrument color1=#FFD700 color2=#FFEC8B name=Hurdy gurdy names=(Wheel fiddle) range= classification=String instrument (bowed) related= *Nyckelharpa *Bowed clavierA hurdy gurdy (also known as a wheel fiddle) is a stringed musical… …   Wikipedia

  • hurdy-gurdy — UK [ˈhɜː(r)dɪ ˌɡɜː(r)dɪ] / US [ˌhɜrdɪˈɡɜrdɪ] / US [ˈhɜrdɪˌɡɜrdɪ] noun [countable] Word forms hurdy gurdy : singular hurdy gurdy plural hurdy gurdies a musical instrument that plays a tune when you turn a handle …   English dictionary

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