One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1That blows freely.
2Of a wind instrument: that readily allows the passage of air, or easily produces (a clear) sound.
3Chiefly Jazz. Of a musician or ensemble: that plays music (especially on a wind instrument or instruments) in an unrestrained, unstructured, or improvisational style.
Mid 18th century. From free + blowing.
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