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Postdog | 23:59 Sat 28th Jan 2012 | Word Origins
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According to OED first use is 1846.
"One possible source for drum might lie in some idea of its being an enclosed space, like the inside of a drum. But it’s suggestive that from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth centuries the same word was used by English Rom for a road or street — it’s thought to come from Greek dromos for a road. It is very possible that the word shifted sense somewhat to refer to a place of habitation alongside a road."
That sounds pretty convincing to me, given that it comes from a very reliable source, World Wide Words, the work of a noted etymologist and lexicographer.

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