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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DRUMMER, n. One whose office is to beat the drum, in military exercises and marching; one who drums.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: someone who plays a drum

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1580 1. one that plays a drum sometimes used figuratively in phrases denoting unconventional thought or action <march to a different drummer> 2. traveling salesman

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a person who plays a drum or drums. 2 esp. US colloq. a commercial traveller. 3 sl. a thief.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ruffed Ruffed, a. Furnished with a ruff. Ruffed grouse (Zo["o]l.), a North American grouse (Bonasa umbellus) common in the wooded districts of the Northern United States. The male has a ruff of brown or black feathers on each side of the neck, and is noted for the loud drumming sound he makes during the breeding season. Called also tippet grouse, partridge, birch partridge, pheasant, drummer, and white-flesher. ruffed lemur (Zo["o]l.), a species of lemur (lemur varius) having a conspicuous ruff on the sides of the head. Its color is varied with black and white. Called also ruffed maucaco.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Drummer Drum"mer, n. 1. One whose office is to best the drum, as in military exercises and marching. 2. One who solicits custom; a commercial traveler. [Colloq. U.S.] --Bartlett. 3. (Zo["o]l.) A fish that makes a sound when caught; as: (a) The squeteague. (b) A California sculpin. 4. (Zo["o]l.) A large West Indian cockroach (Blatta gigantea) which drums on woodwork, as a sexual call.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(drummers) A drummer is a person who plays a drum or drums in a band or group. N-COUNT

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

A jockey term for a horse that throws about his fore legs irregularly: the idea is taken from a kettle drummer, who in beating makes many flourishes with his drumsticks.

Foolish Dictionary

Something noisy, but impossible to beat. From the Grk. drimus, meaning sharp. Hence, something sharp, that always carries its point and sticks whoever it can.

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