- a person who plays a drum.
- a commercial traveler or traveling sales representative.
- march to a different drummer, to be motivated by a different set of values than the average person.
Origin of drummer
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Examples from the Web for drummer
He plays an aging punk rocker and I play the drummer from his old band.
I was friends with her drummer from Sleater-Kinney, and I met Carrie, and we just hit it off.
As far as celebrity doppelgangers go, no one can top comic actor Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.Viral Video of the Day: Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Drum-Off
May 23, 2014
Drummer Joey Waronker was firing off impossible fills every few seconds.Beck’s Musical Time Machine: This Wasn’t a Concert. It was a Spectacular Party.
April 18, 2014
Drummer Dave Grohl started The Foo Fighters and became a rock star in his own right.Nirvana’s Bassist Wants to Go Grunge on Government
April 14, 2014
"Eighty-five," said the clerk; and the drummer and the Negro disappeared.In the Midst of Alarms
At this time there was a drummer who lived in Wellington-street.Adventures and Recollections
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About the only difference between us is that you're a judge and I'm a drummer.
That the habits of the Judge and the drummer were divergent made it all the more annoying.
One of them, Williams, I remember last year as a drummer in the Corps.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
- a person who plays a drum or set of drums
- mainly US a salesman, esp a travelling salesman
- Australian and NZ slang the slowest shearer in a team
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Word Origin and History for drummer
1570s, agent noun from drum (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with drummer
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