- an obsolete wind instrument with a bell and mouthpiece made of horn
- a lively dance to the music of the hornpipe, formerly popular with sailors
- music for this
Origin of hornpipeMiddle English
- A musical instrument with a single reed, finger holes, and a bell and mouthpiece made of horn.
- a. A spirited British folk dance originally accompanied by this instrument.b. The music accompanying such a dance.
- (music) A musical instrument consisting of a wooden pipe, with holes at intervals.
- A solo dance commonly associated with seamen, involving kicking of the legs, with the arms mostly crossed.
- A hard-shoe solo dance commonly performed in Irish stepdance, usually danced in 2/4 time.
- Music played to the hornpipe dance
(third-person singular simple present hornpipes, present participle hornpiping, simple past and past participle hornpiped)
- (intransitive) To dance the hornpipe.
So called because the bell at the open end was sometimes made of horn.