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ham

noun \ ˈham \

Definition of ham

1 a :the hollow of the knee
b :a buttock with its associated thigh usually used in plural
2 :a cut of meat consisting of a thigh; especially :one from a hog
3
[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
4 :a cushion used especially by tailors for pressing curved areas of garments

ham

adjective

Examples of ham in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of ham

Middle English hamme, from Old English hamm; akin to Old High German hamma ham, Greek knēmē shinbone, Old Irish cnáim bone


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ham

verb

Definition of ham

hammed; hamming
transitive verb
:to execute with exaggerated speech or gestures :overact
  • ham it up for the camera
intransitive verb
:to overplay a part

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First Known Use of ham

1933


Ham

noun \ ˈham \

Definition of Ham

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

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Origin and Etymology of ham

Hebrew

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HAM Defined for English Language Learners

ham

noun

Definition of ham for English Language Learners

  • : 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


HAM Defined for Kids

ham

noun \ ˈham \

Definition of ham for Students

1 :a cut of meat consisting of a thigh of pork
2 :an operator of an amateur radio station
3 :a showy performer
  • I know she likes attention, but what a ham!

Medical Dictionary

ham

noun \ ˈham \

medical Definition of ham

1 :the part of the leg behind the knee :the hollow of the knee :popliteal space
2 :a buttock with its associated thigh or with the posterior part of a thigh usually used in plural
3 :a hock or the hinder part of a hock


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