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Definition of hurdy-gurdy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

hurdy-gurdy

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈhɜːdi ɡɜːdi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrdi ɡɜːrdi//
 
(pl. hurdy-gurdies) Musical instruments
 
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a small musical instrument that is played by turning a handle with one hand and pressing keys with the other See related entries: Musical instruments Word Origin mid 18th cent.: probably imitative of the sound of the instrument.
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