1A goatskin drum with a round or squared top, played with the hands.
- ‘Crowds of merrymakers parade through the streets to the sounds of whistles and goatskin drums called goombays.’
- 1.1[mass noun]The calypso-style music associated with the playing of goombay drums.
- 1.2A dance to goombay music.
- 1.3(chiefly in the Bahamas) a festival or season of goombay music and dance.
Perhaps from Kikongo ngoma, denoting a type of drum.