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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The black sheep, adopted fat kid of the string family. Violins rule.
P1: What do you play?
P2: ...viola...
P1: Oh, ew.
P3: I play the violin.
P1: Make my babies.
by violinists_rule September 03, 2016
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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 terrible instrument. No one likes the viola and it is extremely cringe-worthy. The true heros of the orchestra is the violins and cellos. Violas just try to be cool like them by playing low notes (like a cello) and being a small instrument.
Gross, is she a viola player? Well, that sucks that she has like 6 other people to play with her.
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by bgtnhymju December 10, 2016
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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 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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