Origin of taborMiddle English from Old French tabur from Persian tab?r, drum
Origin of taborMiddle English tabour from Old French variant of tambour ; see tambour .
- A small drum. In traditional music, a small drum played with a single stick, leaving the player's other hand free to play a melody on a three-holed pipe.
(third-person singular simple present tabors, present participle taboring, simple past and past participle tabored)
- To make (a sound) with a tabor.
- To strike lightly and frequently.
From various Slavic languages, from Turkish.