Bagpipes



Often, bagpipes. a reed instrument consisting of a melody pipe and one or more accompanying drone pipes protruding from a windbag into which the air is blown by the mouth or a bellows.
Nautical. to back (a fore-and-aft sail) by hauling the sheet to windward.
Contemporary Examples

[Laughing] Do you want me to tell you the story of the Bulgarian bagpipes?
Maggie Stiefvater Talks New Novel ‘The Raven Boys,’ Fast Cars, and YA Fiction Doug Stanton September 27, 2012

She speaks to Doug Stanton about her love of very fast cars, mythology, and the Bulgarian bagpipes.
Maggie Stiefvater Talks New Novel ‘The Raven Boys,’ Fast Cars, and YA Fiction Doug Stanton September 27, 2012

When I was in high school, I started playing the Scottish Highland bagpipes competitively.
Maggie Stiefvater Talks New Novel ‘The Raven Boys,’ Fast Cars, and YA Fiction Doug Stanton September 27, 2012

I have to emphasize that Bulgarian bagpipes do not look like Scottish Highland bagpipes.
Maggie Stiefvater Talks New Novel ‘The Raven Boys,’ Fast Cars, and YA Fiction Doug Stanton September 27, 2012

This Scottish fighter came in with a full honor guard, bagpipes, kilts, the whole kit.
Why Spectators Sports Thrive or Die Michael Tomasky February 14, 2013

Historical Examples

But his head was often heavy, and he could not sleep with the sound of the bagpipes.
The Wee Scotch Piper Madeline Brandeis

Wandering Willie was nowhere, but the atmosphere was full of bagpipes.
Ranald Bannerman’s Boyhood George MacDonald

When the sheep all bleat together, it sounds very much like the shrieking of the bagpipes.
The Wee Scotch Piper Madeline Brandeis

The bagpipes are a good thing in their place, but their place is with Dante and his Inferno.
St. Cuthbert’s Robert E. Knowles

They went in, passing the handsome Highlander playing the bagpipes at the door.
Elsie at the World’s Fair Martha Finley

plural noun
any of a family of musical wind instruments in which sounds are produced in reed pipes supplied with air from a bag inflated either by the player’s mouth, as in the Irish bagpipes or Highland bagpipes of Scotland, or by arm-operated bellows, as in the Northumbrian bagpipes
noun
(modifier) of or relating to the bagpipes: a bagpipe maker
n.

late 14c., from bag (n.) + pipe (n.1); originally a favorite instrument in England as well as the Celtic lands, but by 1912 English army officers’ slang for it was agony bags. Related: Bagpiper (early 14c.).

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