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