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[bag-pahyp] /ˈbægˌpaɪp/
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.
verb (used with object), bagpiped, bagpiping.
Nautical. to back (a fore-and-aft sail) by hauling the sheet to windward.
Origin of bagpipe
1300-50; Middle English baggepipe. See bag, pipe1
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bagpiper, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bagpipe
  • Multiple courses are interspersed with bagpipe music and poetry readings.
  • But on this anniversary, it had been the strains of the bagpipe, which had brought the crowd together.
  • This article is on the bagpipe part for the musical office, see cantor.
British Dictionary definitions for bagpipe


(modifier) of or relating to the bagpipes: a bagpipe maker
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Word Origin and History for bagpipe

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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