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ham

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noun \ˈham\

Definition of ham

  1. 1a :  the hollow of the kneeb :  a buttock with its associated thigh —usually used in plural

  2. 2 :  a cut of meat consisting of a thigh; especially :  one from a hog

  3. 3 [short for hamfatter, from “The Ham-fat Man,” minstrel song] a :  a showy performer; especially :  an actor performing in an exaggerated theatrical styleb :  a licensed operator of an amateur radio station

  4. 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.

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

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hamming

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to execute with exaggerated speech or gestures :  overact ham it up for the camera

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to overplay a part

First Known Use of ham

1933


Ham

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noun \ˈham\

Definition of Ham

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

Origin and Etymology of ham

Hebrew

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HAM Defined for English Language Learners

ham

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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

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noun \ˈham\

Definition of ham for Students

  1. 1 :  a cut of meat consisting of a thigh of pork

  2. 2 :  an operator of an amateur radio station

  3. 3 :  a showy performer I know she likes attention, but what a ham!


Medical Dictionary

ham

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noun \ˈham\

Medical Definition of ham

  1. 1:  the part of the leg behind the knee :  the hollow of the knee :  popliteal space

  2. 2:  a buttock with its associated thigh or with the posterior part of a thigh—usually used in plural

  3. 3:  a hock or the hinder part of a hock



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