Tom-tom meaning

tŭmtŭm, tămtăm
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.
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Any of various small-headed drums, usually long and narrow, that are beaten with the hands.
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A monotonous rhythmical drumbeat or similar sound.
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Any of various drums, as of Indian or African tribes, usually beaten with the hands.
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A kind of drum used in jazz and popular music that has a sound higher and less resonant than a bass drum.
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(onomatopoeia) A small joined pair of drums, beaten with the hands.
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(usually as a pair) Any cylindrical drum, with no snare; part of a drum kit.
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A particular brand of GPS system.
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(Through trademark erosion) Any similar device.
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Origin of tom-tom

  • Hindi ṭamṭam probably of imitative origin

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