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tom-tom

 (tŏm′tŏm′) also tam-tam (tŭm′tŭm′, tăm′tăm′)
n.
1. 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. Also called tom.
2. Any of various small-headed drums, usually long and narrow, that are beaten with the hands.
3. A monotonous rhythmical drumbeat or similar sound.

[Hindi ṭamṭam, probably of imitative origin.]

tom-tom

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

tom-tom

(ˈtɒmˌtɒm)

n.
1. a drum of American Indian or Asian origin, commonly played with the hands.
2. a dully repetitious drumbeat or similar sound.
[1685–95; < Hindi ṭamṭam]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tom-tom - any of various drums with small headstom-tom - any of various drums with small heads
drum, membranophone, tympan - a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end
Translations

tom-tom

[ˈtɒmtɒm] N (= drum) → tantán m

tom-tom

(ˈtomtom) noun
a kind of drum usually beaten with the hands.
References in classic literature ?
There was no beating of tom-toms now, nor blare of native horn, for Kaviri was a crafty warrior, and it was in his mind to take no chances, if they could be avoided.
The women came and squatted about the rim of the circle, beating upon tom-toms, clapping their hands in time to the steps of the dancers, and joining in the chant of the warriors.
The hulk of an ancient wreck burned with blue fires, in the light of which danced the HULA dancers to the barbaric love-calls of the singers, who chanted to tinkling UKULELES and rumbling tom-toms.
You will never hear the tom-tom again," he muttered, but inaudibly of course, for strict silence had been enjoined
To his amazement Hook signed him to beat the tom-tom, and slowly there came to Smee an understanding of the dreadful wickedness of the order.
The tom-tom," the miscreants heard Peter cry; "an Indian victory
But the sweetmeat seller in the camp lent him a little tom-tom--a drum beaten with the flat of the hand--and he sat down, cross-legged, before Kala Nag as the stars began to come out, the tom-tom in his lap, and he thumped and he thumped and he thumped, and the more he thought of the great honor that had been done to him, the more he thumped, all alone among the elephant fodder.
The stone came down with a thump on the white meat, and thereafter arose and fell in a sort of tom-tom accompaniment to the poet's song:
And we put this echo full up on the tom-toms and it just came alive.
Apparently, the permit is for all road-users, including rickshaws, taxis and Tom-toms.
The Swiv-O-Matic foot pedal led to the creation of flexible hardware for cymbals and tom-toms that set the standard for durability and ease of use, while the company's memory-lock system has been adapted by almost every other manufacturer.