Definitions for kazookəˈzu

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a musical toy consisting of a tube that is open at both ends and has a hole in the side covered with parchment or membrane, which produces a buzzing sound when the performer hums into one end.

    Category: Music and Dance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kazoo(noun)

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


  1. kazoo(Noun)

    a simple musical instrument consisting of a pipe with a hole in it, producing a buzzing sound when the player hums into it.

  2. kazoo(Verb)

    to play the kazoo.

  3. Origin: Probably onomatopoeic.


  1. Kazoo

    The kazoo is a musical instrument which adds a "buzzing" timbral quality to a player's voice when the player vocalizes into it. The kazoo is a type of mirliton, which is a membranophone – a device which modifies the sound of a person's voice by way of a vibrating membrane. "Kazoo" was the name given by Warren Herbert Frost to his invention in Patent #270,543 issued on January 9, 1883. In the text of the patent he refers to it as "This instrument or toy, to which I propose to give the name 'kazoo'." This first kazoo was not the familiar "submarine" shape.


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