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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.