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

  • n. A musical instrument having a flexible bag inflated either by a tube with valves or by bellows, a double-reed melody pipe, and from one to four drone pipes. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Singular of bagpipes (normally used in plural)
  • n. Attributive form of bagpipe
  • v. To play the bagpipes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A musical wind instrument, now used chiefly in the Highlands of Scotland.
  • transitive v. To make to look like a bagpipe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause to resemble a bagpipe.
  • n. A musical wind-instrument consisting of a leathern bag, which receives the air from the mouth, or from bellows, and of pipes, into which the air is pressed from the bag by the performer's elbow.
  • n.

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

  • n. a tubular wind instrument; the player blows air into a bag and squeezes it out through the drone


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  • According to Eric Partridge (who I am disinclined to doubt) this was once a term for a strange sex act involving the armpit.

    February 6, 2013