Nearby words

  1. druidess,
  2. druidic,
  3. druidism,
  4. druidology,
  5. druids,
  6. drum and bugle corps,
  7. drum brake,
  8. drum corps,
  9. drum into someone's head,
  10. drum kit


    beat the drum, to promote, publicize, or advertise: The boss is out beating the drum for a new product.

Origin of drum

1535–45; back formation from drumslade drum, drummer, alteration of Dutch or Low German trommelslag drumbeat, equivalent to trommel drum + slag beat (akin to slagen to beat; cognate with slay)

Related formsun·der·drum·ming, noun


[ druhm ]
/ drʌm /

noun Scot., Irish English.

a long, narrow hill or ridge.

Origin of drum

1715–25; < Irish and Scots Gaelic druim Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for drum


/ (drʌm) /


verb drums, drumming or drummed

See also drum out, drum up

Word Origin for drum

C16: probably from Middle Dutch tromme, of imitative origin


Scot and Irish a narrow ridge or hill

Word Origin for drum

C18: from Scottish Gaelic druim

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Word Origin and History for drum
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Medicine definitions for drum


[ drŭm ]



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