a small musical instrument consisting of a lyre-shaped metal frame held between the teeth and played by plucking a projecting bent piece with the finger: it produces twanging tones
Origin of jew's-harpearlier Jew's trump, altered (by associated, association with Jew) from Dutch jeugdtromp, child's trumpet from jeugd, youth (confused in Eng with Middle English Judeu, Jew) + tromp, trumpet from Old French trompe: see trump
or jew's harp
A small musical instrument consisting of a lyre-shaped metal frame that is held between the teeth and a projecting steel tongue that is plucked to produce a soft twanging sound.
Origin of Jew's harpOrigin unknown