- 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 of hurdy-gurdyprobably echoic
- A stringed instrument played by turning a rosined wheel with a crank and depressing keys connected to tangents on the strings.
- An instrument, such as a barrel organ, played by turning a crank.
Origin of hurdy-gurdyImitative
- (humorous) Sounding like the Swedish language.
- (music) A medieval stringed instrument which has a droning sound. One hand turns a handle connected to a wheel which vibrates the strings, while the other hand plays a keyboard to alter the pitch.
- (music) A barrel organ.
- (US, California) A water wheel with radial buckets, driven by the impact of a jet.