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

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cause to resemble a bagpipe.
  • noun 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.

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

  • transitive verb To make to look like a bagpipe.
  • transitive verb (Naut.) to lay it aback by bringing the sheet to the mizzen rigging.
  • noun A musical wind instrument, now used chiefly in the Highlands of Scotland.

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

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

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

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


Sorry, no etymologies found.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • 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