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gammon

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noun gam·mon \ˈga-mən\

Definition of gammon

  1. 1 chiefly British :  ham 2

  2. 2 chiefly British a :  a side of baconb :  the lower end of a side of bacon

Origin and Etymology of gammon

assimilated form of earlier gambon, borrowed from Anglo-French gamboun, jaumbeun, from gambe, jambe “hock of a horse, leg” + -on, diminutive or particularizing suffix, going back to Latin -ō, -ōn-, suffix of persons with a prominent feature — more at jamb


First Known Use: 15th century


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gammon

noun gam·mon

Definition of gammon

  1. 1 archaic :  backgammon

  2. 2 :  the winning of a backgammon game before the loser removes any men from the board

Origin and Etymology of gammon

probably shortened from backgammon


First Known Use: 1699


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gammon

verb gam·mon

Definition of gammon

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to beat by scoring a gammon

Origin and Etymology of gammon

derivative of 2gammon


First Known Use: 1668


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gammon

verb gam·mon

Definition of gammon

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to talk gammon

  3. 2 :  pretend, feign

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  deceive, fool

Origin and Etymology of gammon

derivative of 5gammon


First Known Use: 1781


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gammon

noun gam·mon

Definition of gammon

  1. :  talk intended to deceive

Origin and Etymology of gammon

argot word, earlier in sense “criminal accomplice who distracts a victim during a robbery,” of uncertain origin


First Known Use: 1781



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