tom-tom

tom-tom

[tom-tom]
noun
1.
a drum of American Indian or Asian origin, commonly played with the hands.
2.
a dully repetitious drumbeat or similar sound.
Also, tam-tam.


Origin:
1685–95; < Hindi ṭamṭam

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tom-tom
 
n
1.  a drum associated either with the American Indians or with Eastern cultures, usually beaten with the hands as a signalling instrument
2.  a standard cylindrical drum, normally with one drumhead
3.  a monotonous drumming or beating sound
 
vb , -toms, -tomming, -tommed
4.  informal (tr) to pass (information, esp gossip) around a community very quickly
 
[C17: from Hindi tamtam, of imitative origin]

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tom-tom
1693, "drum" (originally used in India), from Hindi tam-tam, probably of imitative origin (cf. Sinhalese tamat tama and Malay tong-tong).
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