Words related to drum

tabor (n.)

also tabour, "small drum resembling a tamborine," c. 1300, from Old French tabour, tabur "drum; din, noise, commotion" (11c.), probably from Persian tabir "drum," but evolution of sense and form are uncertain; compare tambourine.

tympanum (n.)

"drum of the ear," 1610s, from Medieval Latin tympanum, introduced in this sense by Italian anatomist Gabriello Fallopio (1523-1562), from Latin tympanum "a drum, timbrel, tambourine," from Greek tympanon "a kettledrum," from root of typtein "to beat, strike" (see type (n.)). Compare Old English timpan "drum, timbrel, tambourine," from Latin tympanum. The modern meaning "a drum" is attested in English from 1670s.

drumhead (n.)

also drum-head, "membrane stretched upon a drum," 1620s, from drum (n.) + head (n.).

drumstick (n.)

"one of the sticks used in beating a drum," 1580s, from drum (n.) + stick (n.); applied to the lower joint of cooked fowl by 1764.

ear-drum (n.)

also eardrum, "tympanic membrane," 1640s, from ear (n.1) + drum (n.).

kettledrum (n.)

1540s, from kettle + drum (n.). So called for its shape. Related: Kettledrummer.

majorette (n.)

"female baton-twirler," 1938, short for drum-majorette (1938), fem. of drum-major (1590s; see drum (n.)).

The perfect majorette is a pert, shapely, smiling extrovert, who loves big, noisy crowds and knows how to make those crowds love her. [Life magazine, Oct. 10, 1938]

(The article notes that the activity "has been going on for about six years now").

drummer (n.)

"one who plays the drum," 1570s, agent noun from drum (v.). Slightly earlier in the same sense was drumslade (1520s). Middle English had tabourer, taborner (fem. tabornester, tabourester) "drummer."