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.

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The Oldest: Nicole Richie On September 21, 1981, Nicole was born to her biological parents, Peter Escovedo (a drummer who toured with Lionel for a brief period of time) and Karen Moss. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Every Question About 'American Idol' Judge Lionel Richie's Famous Kids, Answered," 6 Apr. 2019 Makaya McCraven Speaking of emerging jazz stars on the vanguard, this Chicago drummer/producer has spun heads with a string of albums fusing together gig tapes from various shows. The Seattle Times, "Look Ahead: The hottest Seattle events for April 2019," 5 Apr. 2019 The narrow, 41-foot-long boats often hold 20 rowers plus a drummer at the front who beats a drum to keep the rowers’ rhythm. Anna Muckerman, baltimoresun.com, "Feeling the fire with the Baltimore Dragon Boat Club," 19 June 2018 Sure, if the bass player in an aging rock band decides to retire halfway through a concert, one of the guitarists could sub in—but if the drummer decides to sign up for Social Security at intermission, the band is out of luck. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "The Awful Dangers of Calling It Quits Before You’re Done," 20 Sep. 2018 This evening the drummer performs with Ephron, Shaw, What, keyboardist Jon Cowerd, and guitarist Brad Allen Williams. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz drummer Nate Smith comes into his own as a bandleader with a sleek strain of R&B and funk that showcases his improvisational elasticity," 12 July 2018 The clip also includes the drummer talking to his doctor after taking medication for a few weeks. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Blink-182's Travis Barker Shares Video on Blood Clot Recovery," 10 July 2018 Vinnie Paul — the legendary drummer who played in metal bands Pantera, Damageplan and HELLYEAH — has died at the age 54. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Vinnie Paul, Legendary Metal Band Drummer, Dead at 54," 23 June 2018 Is that the first step to becoming the drummer in a Rush revival band? Erik Vance, Scientific American, "Sorry, Mom and Dad, Toys Cannot Supercharge Your Baby," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of drummer

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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