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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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But by that time, no one listened to the humstrum of his one-man band.
Why the devil don't you sell that humstrum of yours, that harp, I mean, and raise the wind?
Bonnell Thornton had just published a burlesque Ode on St. Cecilia's day, adapted to the ancient British musick, viz. the salt-box, the Jew's-harp, the marrow-bones and cleaver, the humstrum or hurdy-gurdy, &c.
Jew's-harp, the marrow-bones and cleaver, the humstrum or hurdy-gurdy,
[(lesson on her humstrum, do y) 29.7 (ou understand music?) -16.3 (\227a little.)]
All this time she was turning and twisting the cloth — no, ’twont do, I’ll even go and return Madam Fussock her cloth, and give my young lady a lesson on her humstrum, do you understand music? — a little.