tom–tom

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noun \ˈtäm-ˌtäm, ˈtəm-ˌtəm\

Definition of tom–tom

  1. 1 :  a usually long and narrow small-headed drum commonly beaten with the hands

  2. 2 old-fashioned :  tam-tam 2

  3. 3a :  something used to make a noise suggestive of the tom-tom's beatingb :  a monotonous beating, rhythm, or rhythmical sound

  4. 4 or less commonly tom :  a cylindrical two-headed drum of varying size often used in pairs in drum sets

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Origin and Etymology of tom–tom

Hindi & Urdu ṭamṭam


TOM–TOM Defined for English Language Learners

tom-tom

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Definition of tom–tom for English Language Learners

  • : a tall, narrow drum that is usually played with the hands


TOM–TOM Defined for Kids

tom–tom

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noun \ˈtäm-ˌtäm\

Definition of tom–tom for Students

  1. :  a drum (as a traditional Asian, African, or American Indian drum) that is beaten with the hands


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