drummer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n drummer someone who plays a drum
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Boy George used to go out with his drummer.
    • Drummer (Zoöl) A California sculpin.
    • Drummer A fish that makes a sound when caught
    • Drummer (Zoöl) A large West Indian cockroach (Blatta gigantea) which drums on woodwork, as a sexual call.
    • Drummer One who solicits custom; a commercial traveler.
    • Drummer One whose office is to best the drum, as in military exercises and marching.
    • Drummer (Zoöl) The squeteague.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The "Twelve Days of Christmas" gifts: A partridge in a pear tree, two turtledoves, three French hens, four calling birds, five gold rings, six geese laying, seven swans swimming, eight maids milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming. (There are 364 gifts altogether)
    • n drummer One who plays the drum; especially, one who beats time on the drum for military exercises and marching.
    • n drummer One who solicits custom; a traveling salesman; a commercial traveler.
    • n drummer A local name of a large West Indian cockroach, Blatta gigantea, which, in old frame houses, makes a noise at night, by knocking its head against the wood. The sound very much resembles a smart knocking with the knuckle upon the wainscoting.
    • n drummer A horse that beats the air by throwing its fore legs out irregularly as it goes.
    • n drummer Same as drum, 11.
    • n drummer A local English name for a rabbit: so called on account of its habit of beating or drumming upon the earth with the hind feet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The drummer for ZZ Top (the only one without a beard) is named Frank Beard.
    • Drummer one who drums:
    • Drummer (U.S.) a commercial traveller
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Quotations

  • Keith Degreen
    Keith Degreen
    “To succeed means that you may have to step out of line and march to the sound of your own drummer.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From a Teut. root found in Dut. trom, Ger. trommel, a drum; prob. imit.

Usage

In literature:

I stepped from the car, for I was interested in the fat drummer.
"The Last Spike" by Cy Warman
This lesion is chiefly met with in drummer-boys and is the cause of drummer's palsy.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Leaning slightly forward he tapped a drummer upon the shoulder.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
Ah no, but for grubs, which he ate quick as (snap) Can you name this gay drummer who wears a red (cap)?
"How to Teach Phonics" by Lida M. Williams
First a small drummer- boy passes, with a cocked hat, and poised drum-sticks.
"Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People" by Constance D'Arcy Mackay
This man Morris recognized as the drummer who had been in Wasserbauer's with Frank on the previous day.
"Potash & Perlmutter" by Montague Glass
The drummer walloped his drums; a saxophone squawked, and fiddles squealed.
"Gentle Julia" by Booth Tarkington
He wuz a Revolushun drummer, and cum back to beat the drum befo' de war.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Two sets of drummers are playing continuously and all the while there is much chanting.
"The Drama of the Forests" by Arthur Heming
They join, turning first face to face, then back to back, then face to the drummers, in the most lively style.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
And you, drummer-boy, just give me your drum; I'm going to teach you how to beat the roll, confound it!
"A Mummer's Tale" by Anatole France
But throughout his adventures there is a touch of chivalry about our drummer.
"Thackeray" by Anthony Trollope
These are the election drummers, plain and simple.
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
All the feller wants from us is we should recommend him a drummer.
"Abe and Mawruss" by Montague Glass
Drummer John Christian, I'll have to get you a new pair o' drum-sticks for that.
"Wandering Heath" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
A whiskey drummer with false teeth!
"Winner Take All" by Larry Evans
Heading the thirty-six men who had now come to their senses, Captain Yorke again advanced, with the drummer boys.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
Dane's fire ray was in his hand as he measured the distance to the drummer's stand.
"Voodoo Planet" by Andrew North
And it was a saying that our ridgment had the smallest drummer in the army, and the best.
"The Drummer's Coat" by J. W. Fortescue
He was as bad after gals as a drummer, and in his sparkin' days, as maybe you know, he could have had his pick.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
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In poetry:

Young Hodge the Drummer never knew -
Fresh from his Wessex home -
The meaning of the broad Karoo,
The Bush, the dusty loam,
And why uprose to nightly view
Strange stars amid the gloam.
"The Dead Drummer." by Thomas Hardy
They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest
Uncoffined — just as found:
His landmark is a kopje-crest
That breaks the veldt around:
And foreign constellations west
Each night above his mound.
"Drummer Hodge" by Thomas Hardy
Young Hodge the drummer never knew —
Fresh from his Wessex home —
The meaning of the broad Karoo,
The Bush, the dusty loam,
And why uprose to nightly view
Strange stars amid the gloam.
"Drummer Hodge" by Thomas Hardy
Nor you drummers—neither at reveille, at dawn,
Nor the long roll alarming the camp—nor even the muffled beat for a
burial;
Nothing from you, this time, O drummers, bearing my warlike drums.
"Ashes Of Soldiers" by Walt Whitman
Oh! the Circus-Day parade! How the bugles played and played!
And how the glossy horses tossed their flossy manes and neighed.
As the rattle and the rhyme of the tenor-drummer's time
Filled all the hungry hearts of us with melody sublime!
"The Circus-Day Parade" by James Whitcomb Riley
Oh, the Circus-Day parade! How the bugles played and played!
And how the glossy horses tossed their flossy manes, and neighed,
As the rattle and the rhyme of the tenor-drummer's time
Filled all the hungry hearts of us with melody sublime!
"The Circus-Day Parade" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Colourmusic's drummer dishes on the five albums that tinted his musical roots.
Drummer Greg Fox plays his last show with Liturgy .
Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington knows how to assemble a great band and attract top guest artists to a set at the New Orleans Jazz Fest: Put the spotlight on women.
She is a female drummer.
She is also one of the best drummers in the world: Jazz Times called her "prowess and power" undeniable.
British metalcore act Rise to Remain have been forced to cancel their stint on Machine Head's upcoming tour due to the departure of bassist Joe Copcutt and drummer Pat Lundy.
Featuring special guest Israel Annoh, Master Drummer from Ghana.
For Mana drummer Alex Gonzalez, who spent his early years in South Florida, playing in Miami this week was a homecoming.
Two guitarists mosey onstage and launch into a sassy, rollicking intro with a drummer.
This Nashville-based drummer and his group are about to drop their first CD.
Drew Silver is dying in many ways: His marriage has been over for seven years, his ex-wife is getting remarried, his career as a rock drummer is long past, his 18-year-old daughter is pregnant, and he has a life-threatening heart condition.
View full size Leia Hohenfeld Black Puddle Noise, from left: bassist-singer Bailey Petersen, guitarist-singer Wesley Daniels, keyboardist-singer Elizabeth Kelly, and drummer-singer Joe Boyer.
Music by Stewart Copeland, former drummer of the Police.
Danish bassist-composer Anne Mette Iversen taps fellow New Yorkers—pianist Danny Grissett, saxophonist John Ellis, drummer Otis Brown III—for this vibrant outing named for her young son.
Highmount — ­ Drummer Jimmy Cobb, who played on the original Miles Davis release "Kind of Blue," leads his So What Band in a dynamic interpretation of this landmark record on Saturday, Aug 6 at 8 pm at the Belleayre Music Festival.
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