Tom-tom Definition

tŭmtŭm, tămtăm
tomtom, tom-toms
noun
tom-toms
A mid-sized drum having one or two heads and a cylindrical body with a depth approximately equal to its diameter, often used in drum sets.
American Heritage
Any of various drums, as of Indian or African tribes, usually beaten with the hands.
Webster's New World
A kind of drum used in jazz and popular music that has a sound higher and less resonant than a bass drum.
Webster's New World
A monotonous rhythmical drumbeat or similar sound.
American Heritage

A particular brand of GPS system.

Wiktionary
Advertisement

Other Word Forms of Tom-tom

Noun

Singular:
tom-tom
Plural:
tom-toms

Origin of Tom-tom

  • Hindi ṭamṭam probably of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

Advertisement

Find Similar Words

Find similar words to tom-tom using the buttons below.

Words Starting With

Words Ending With

Unscrambles

tom-tom