from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A toy musical instrument with a membrane that produces a buzzing sound when a player hums or sings into the mouthpiece.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A so-called musical instrument or toy, consisting of a wooden tube of peculiar shape, containing a vibrating strip of catgut.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A kind of toy or rude musical instrument, as a tube inside of which is a stretched string or membrane made to vibrate by singing or humming into the tube.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a simple musical instrument consisting of a pipe with a hole in it, producing a buzzing sound when the player hums into it.
  • verb to play the kazoo.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a toy wind instrument that has a membrane that makes a sound when you hum into the mouthpiece


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps imitative of its sound.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably onomatopoeic.


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