noun \ˈham\

: meat from the leg of a hog that is often prepared by smoking or salting

: a bad actor who performs in an exaggerated way

: someone who enjoys performing and who tends to behave in an exaggerated or playful way when people are watching

Full Definition of HAM

a :  the hollow of the knee
b :  a buttock with its associated thigh —usually used in plural
:  a cut of meat consisting of a thigh; especially :  one from a hog
[short for hamfatter, from The Ham-fat Man, minstrel song]
a :  a showy performer; especially :  an actor performing in an exaggerated theatrical style
b :  a licensed operator of an amateur radio station
:  a cushion used especially by tailors for pressing curved areas of garments
ham adjective

Examples of HAM

  1. We're having ham for dinner.
  2. He was once a fine actor, but now he's just an old ham.
  3. Cameras bring out the ham in her.

Origin of HAM

Middle English hamme, from Old English hamm; akin to Old High German hamma ham, Greek knēmē shinbone, Old Irish cnáim bone
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel



Definition of HAM

transitive verb
:  to execute with exaggerated speech or gestures :  overact <ham it up for the camera>
intransitive verb
:  to overplay a part

First Known Use of HAM



noun \ˈham\

Definition of HAM

:  a son of Noah held to be the progenitor of the Egyptians, Nubians, and Canaanites

Origin of HAM

First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Jewish Religion Terms

Talmud, Zion, challah, dybbuk, kosher, tabernacle, tetragrammaton, yarmulke
HAM Defined for Kids


noun \ˈham\

Definition of HAM for Kids

:  a cut of meat consisting of a thigh of pork
:  an operator of an amateur radio station
:  a showy performer <I know she likes attention, but what a ham!>
Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈham\

Medical Definition of HAM

:  the part of the leg behind the knee :  the hollow of the knee :  popliteal space
:  a buttock with its associated thigh or with the posterior part of a thigh—usually used in plural
:  a hock or the hinder part of a hock
July 06, 2015
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