drum·​mer | \ ˈdrə-mər How to pronounce drummer (audio) \

Definition of drummer

1 : one that plays a drum sometimes used figuratively in phrases denoting unconventional thought or action march to a different drummer

Examples of drummer in a Sentence

The band got a new drummer.
Recent Examples on the Web While his drummer is schmoozing, Flores focused on the visuals, creating commercial-quality videos. Katherine Turman, SPIN, 6 Jan. 2022 Sans their longtime drummer, the Grateful Dead offshoot will play their annual concerts at the Moon Palace Resort in Riviera Cancún, Mexico, over the next two weekends in January. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 4 Jan. 2022 In 1972, a struggling New Jersey musician hustled into Manhattan for an audition at Columbia Records, using an acoustic guitar borrowed from his former drummer. Ben Sisario, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2021 Throughout the call, No Sass continues to make sense of things and keep the others in check in an unwavering manner, positioning him as the backbone of the group — or our metaphorical drummer. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, 1 Nov. 2021 His tendency to march to his own drummer was often taken the wrong way by his teammates, and some didn’t perceive him as a leader. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 2 Oct. 2021 The Rolling Stones have been paying tribute to Charlie Watts, their drummer who died in August, during their current tour. NBC News, 1 Oct. 2021 The Rolling Stones opened the latest leg of their ‘No Filter’ tour in St. Louis on Sunday night, and as expected, the group paid deep tribute to Charlie Watts, their drummer since January of 1963, who passed away last month at the age of 80. Jem Aswad, Variety, 27 Sep. 2021 And plenty of Baby Boomer favorites have proved popular without their iconic members: The Eagles minus Glenn Frey, Journey absent Steve Perry, and, coming soon, the Rolling Stones without their late drummer, Charlie Watts. Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of drummer

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of drummer was in 1574

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20 Jan 2022

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“Drummer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drummer. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of drummer

: a person who plays a drum or a set of drums


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