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  1. march to a different drummer, to be motivated by a different set of values than the average person.

Origin of drummer

First recorded in 1565–75; drum1 + -er1
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Related Words for drummer

traveler, bagman, drummer

Examples from the Web for drummer

Contemporary Examples of drummer

Historical Examples of drummer

  • "Eighty-five," said the clerk; and the drummer and the Negro disappeared.

  • At this time there was a drummer who lived in Wellington-street.

    Adventures and Recollections

    Bill o'th' Hoylus End

  • That the habits of the Judge and the drummer were divergent made it all the more annoying.

    Mixed Faces

    Roy Norton

  • About the only difference between us is that you're a judge and I'm a drummer.

    Mixed Faces

    Roy Norton

  • One of them, Williams, I remember last year as a drummer in the Corps.

British Dictionary definitions for drummer


  1. a person who plays a drum or set of drums
  2. mainly US a salesman, esp a travelling salesman
  3. 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.).

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Idioms and Phrases with drummer


see march to a different beat (drummer).

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