hurdy-gurdy

hurdy-gurdy

[hur-dee-gur-dee, -gur-]
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.

Origin:
1740–50; variant of Scots hirdy-girdy uproar, influencedby hurly-burly

hurdy-gurdist, hurdy-gurdyist, noun
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hurdy-gurdy (ˈhɜːdɪˈɡɜːdɪ)
 
n , 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
 
[C18: rhyming compound, probably of imitative origin]

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hurdy-gurdy
1749, perhaps imitative of its sound and influenced by c.1500 hirdy-girdy "uproar, confusion."
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