- a medieval wind instrument, forerunner of the trombone
Origin of sackbutincorrect transl. of Aram sabechaBible a stringed instrument resembling a lyre: Dan. 3:5
Origin of sackbutMFr, saquebute, sackbut, earlier, hooked lance for fighting on horseback from Old French saquer, to draw, pull from Vulgar Latin an unverified form saccare, to pull (from a sack) from Classical Latin saccus, sack + Old French bouter, to push, butt
A medieval instrument resembling the trombone.
Origin of sackbutFrench saquebute from Old French saqueboute Old North French saquier to pull ; see saccade . Old French bouter to push ( of Germanic origin ; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.)
Middle French sacquer (“to push") + bouter (“to pull")