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tom-tom

[ tom-tom ]
/ ˈtɒmˌtɒm /
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noun
a drum of American Indian or Asian origin, commonly played with the hands.
a dully repetitious drumbeat or similar sound.
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Origin of tom-tom

First recorded in 1685–95, tom-tom is from the Hindi word ṭamṭam
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British Dictionary definitions for tom-tom

tom-tom

noun
a drum associated either with the American Indians or with Eastern cultures, usually beaten with the hands as a signalling instrument
a standard cylindrical drum, normally with one drumhead
a monotonous drumming or beating sound
verb -toms, -tomming or -tommed
(tr) informal to pass (information, esp gossip) around a community very quickly

Word Origin for tom-tom

C17: from Hindi tamtam, of imitative origin
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