Hurdy-gurdy



[hur-dee-gur-dee, -gur-] /ˈhɜr diˈgɜr di, -ˌgɜr-/

noun, plural 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 against the strings of a rosined wheel turned by a crank.
/ˈhɜːdɪˈɡɜːdɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
any mechanical musical instrument, such as a barrel organ
2.
a medieval instrument shaped like a viol in which a rosined wheel rotated by a handle sounds the strings

1749, perhaps imitative of its sound and influenced by c.1500 hirdy-girdy “uproar, confusion.”

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