pl. -·jos· or -·joes·
a stringed musical instrument having a long neck and a circular body covered on top with tightly stretched skin: the strings, usually four or five, are plucked with the fingers or a plectrum
Origin of banjoof African origin, originally , probably akin to Kimbundu (a Bantu language) mbanza, an instrument resembling the banjo
nounpl. ban·jos or ban·joes
A usually fretted stringed instrument having a narrow neck and a hollow circular body with a covering of plastic or stretched skin on which the bridge rests. The modern American banjo typically has four strings and often a short fifth string plucked with the thumb.
Origin of banjoAkin to Jamaican English banja, fiddle; probably akin to Kimbundu and Tshiluba mbanza, a plucked stringed instrument.
(plural banjos or banjoes)
(third-person singular simple present banjos, present participle banjoing, simple past and past participle banjoed)
- To play the banjo
- (slang, UK) To beat; to knock down