tom-tom

noun
\ ˈtäm-ˌtäm How to pronounce tom-tom (audio) , ˈtəm-ˌtəm \

Definition of tom-tom

1 : a usually long and narrow small-headed drum commonly beaten with the hands
2 old-fashioned : tam-tam sense 2
3a : something used to make a noise suggestive of the tom-tom's beating
b : a monotonous beating, rhythm, or rhythmical sound
4 or less commonly tom : a cylindrical two-headed drum of varying size often used in pairs in drum sets

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First Known Use of tom-tom

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tom-tom

Hindi & Urdu ṭamṭam

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“Tom-tom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tom-tom. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for tom-tom

tom-tom

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tom-tom

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

tom-tom

noun
\ ˈtäm-ˌtäm \

Kids Definition of tom-tom

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

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