- /ˈhɜdi-gɜdi/ (say 'herdee-gerdee)
noun (plural hurdy-gurdies)
1. a barrel organ or similar 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.
3. Chiefly SA a merry-go-round, especially one which plays music as it goes around.
4. (of music) in the style of or similar to the music used for merry-go-rounds.
5. on a hurdy-gurdy, involved in a mindless and seemingly never-ending round of activities.
Australian English dictionary. 2014.
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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
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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