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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 ?
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:
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.
What struck me most was one such report about a tom-tom wala's death.
He used the case, stamped with the group's name and covered in freight labels, to carry his tom-tom drums.
Perhaps the "sat-nav" generation have dulled intuitive driving skills resulting in their hogging the middle of the road, ready to turn left or right at a moment's notice dictated by Tom-Tom, Garmin or whoever.
RENAULT has introduced a limited edition Bose Pack for all Dynamique Tom-Tom versions of the Scenic and Grand Scenic, excluding the 1.