A big violin, invented in order to make violins feel like they're any good.
Violin 1: Hey dude, you know what's the difference between a viola and a vacuum cleaner?
Violin 2: I don't, what is it?
Violin 1: You have to turn the vacuum cleaner ON before it can SUCK
by PerMusicalShnookie July 20, 2015
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A Viola is the world's smallest type of violin. Violins can only be as small as 11 inches in length according to traditional production methods. A Viola is by definition the worlds smallest violin as a Viola has been procuced at just 2 inches in length.
'Im playing the worlds smallest violin for you' in sarcasticly sympathetic reference to a mild misfortune someone encounters. This is a misnomer, you would actually be playing a (Viola).
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"I need to go do some violaing."

Person 1: "What are you up to?"
Person 2: "Violaing."
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One of the five major stringed instruments. Tuned in a middle register, exactly an octave higher than the cello. Music written primarily in alto clef, occasionally treble. The brunt of many, many jokes.
What do you do with a dead viola player? Move him back a desk.

But why are viola jokes so short? So violin players can understand them.
by Julia Anne November 29, 2005
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A glorious stringed instrument that creates a rich, warm tone when played, unlike the violin which can sound like someone is strangling a cat -- sometimes several cats. Either orchestras have barely any violas, or so many they have no idea what to do with all of them.
Hey, how big is your viola section?
About fifteen, this year.
Good, maybe you can drown out the violins. How many of them are there?
About sixteen.
Yes! We're coming up!
by Rachel C December 3, 2003
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the best instrument in the world. we don't suck. well, not all of us do. very mellow sounding and beautiful. all of those viola jokes were made by violinists, so they wouldn't get made fun of for theyre cocky-ness and concietedness
by voilaviola January 24, 2007
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One of the most important instruments in the orchestra. Plays in the C Clef offering a bridge between the Bass and Treble Clef. It's the glue that holds the orchestra together as switching between the melody and harmony of the composition as order of making sure the orchestra stays together.

The viola, slightly larger than the violin offers deep and rich sound audible from the rest of the music that is currently being played. Thus making a small viola section still powerful. Though having a larger viola section could help balance out the ocean of violinists taking up half the stage.

Many jokes are centered around the Viola since it appears to be a lesser instrument, but this is because most of those jokes use the insert instrument here parts which usually the viola name goes in there.
Q: How do you know when a violin is playing out of tune?
A: When the bow is moving.

Q: How do you know when a viola is playing out of tune?
A: When the bow is moving.
by Scenre August 16, 2012
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