Definition of bouzouki in English:

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Pronunciation: /bo͝oˈzo͞okē/

noun (plural bouzoukis or bouzoukia /-kyä/)

A long-necked Greek instrument similar to the mandolin.
Example sentences
  • Laika is an urban style of song, developed at the beginning of the twentieth century, which may feature the bouzouki, a long-necked stringed instrument.
  • The oud is an ancient Arabic guitar, the forerunner of today's acoustic guitar, and the bouzouki is a Greek guitar.
  • From there it was off to a Greek restaurant (you may have spotted a theme here) where our hero played the bouzouki, sang the Greek national anthem and posed for a thousand photographs.


1950s: from modern Greek mpouzouki, possibly related to Turkish bozuk 'spoiled' (with reference to roughly made instruments).

Words that rhyme with bouzouki

adzuki, fluky, kabuki, kooky, pukey, saluki, spooky, Sukie, Suzuki, verrucae

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Syllabification: bou·zou·ki

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