A 4 stinged instrument that looks like a violin, only it isn't often times it is mistaken for one by someone of lower education backrounds. It is the only instrument that plays in the auto cleff on a regular basis. Violist tend to play only rhythm (never melody). There are no good solos for violas. Violist tend to be the butt of most unfunny instrument jokesand can be substituted for a third violins section.
~Man, can you hear that awsome viola section?
~oh ok good neither could I
by Chan August 26, 2003
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" she's my best friend"
'no viola don't touch me there!'
by O December 06, 2003
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A wannabe violin. Snuggled safely between the violin section and the cello section, violists know that their terrible playing will definitely be drowned out. In fact, you will NEVER hear violas on a digital recording because degital recording has become so advanced that all extraneous noise is eliminated. =)
How many viola players does it take to screw in a light bulb?

None. They can't get that high!
by th3samiam September 14, 2006
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An instrument played by people who aren't any good at the violin and never will be.
There's a lot more violin concerti than Viola concerti because Violas aren't as good as violins.
by Charlie March 26, 2005
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An adolescent. Derived from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, specifically from Malvolio's description of Viola in Act 1 Scene 5: "Not yet old enough for a man, nor young enough for a boy..."
"How old is your son?"
"Oh, he's a Viola."
by Zach F August 27, 2007
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A wooden box that originated in the 16th century made to sound like a dying cat. Often times the cat can be removed from the box, leaving behind the skeleton of a violin.
Someone please stab that viola!
by relievetheworldofviolas October 30, 2012
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n.- a coffin with the dead person on the outside
-Did you hear about the dyslexic mortician last week?
-Yea, i heard he made another violist
by Anonymous September 28, 2004
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