A woman playing a hurdy-gurdy.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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
- popularly a barrel organ
Origin: prob. echoic
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noun pl. hur·dy-gur·dies
- A medieval stringed instrument played by turning a rosined wheel with a crank and depressing keys connected to tangents on the strings.
- Any instrument, such as a barrel organ, played by turning a crank.