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  • n. An instrument out of tune or rudely constructed.
  • n. Music badly played.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument out of tune or rudely constructed; music badly played.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A musical instrument out of tune or rudely constructed; a hurdy-gurdy.
  • n. Music poorly played.

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  • "A musical instrument made of a mopstick, a bladder, and some packthread, thence also called bladder and string, and hurdy gurdy; it is played on like a violin, which is sometimes ludicrously called a humstrum; sometimes, instead of a bladder, a tin can is used."
    - Francis Grose, 'The Vulgar Tongue'.

    September 8, 2008

  • An instrument out of tune or rudely constructed; music badly played.

    August 26, 2008