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A stringed hurdy-gurdy

EtymologyEdit

Possibly onomatopoeia in imitation of the sound produced by the stringed instrument.

PronunciationEdit

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈhɜː.diˌɡɜː.di/, /ˌhɜː.diˈɡɜː.di/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɝː.diˌɡɝː.di/, /ˌhɝː.diˈɡɝː.di/
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AdjectiveEdit

hurdy-gurdy (not comparable)

  1. (humorous) Sounding like the Swedish language.

NounEdit

hurdy-gurdy (plural hurdy-gurdies)

  1. (music) A stringed instrument that produces a droning sound by turning a handle that connects to a wheel that rubs against a rosined string, with a keyboard also used to alter the pitch of the string.
  2. (music) Synonym of street organ.
    • 1956 [1880], Johanna Spyri, Heidi, translation of original by Eileen Hall, page 83:
      He flung open the door, and found there only a ragged boy with a hurdy-gurdy on his back.
  3. (US, California) A water wheel with radial buckets, driven by the impact of a jet.

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