banjo /ˈbandʒəʊ/


I. noun

1. a stringed instrument of the guitar family, with a round open-backed soundbox of parchment stretched over a metal hoop.
2. an object resembling a banjo in shape

[as modifier]

a banjo clock.
‹dated› a shovel.
II. phrases

swing the banjo

‹informal› use a shovel, especially in a vigorous way

I hope to be swinging the banjo around some of those stony ridges.
III. derivatives

banjoist /ˈbandʒəʊɪst /

– origin mid 18th cent.: originally a black American alteration of bandore (see bandora).

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