ham·​my | \ ˈha-mē How to pronounce hammy (audio) \
hammier; hammiest

Definition of hammy

: marked by exaggerated and usually self-conscious theatricality

Other Words from hammy

hammily \ ˈha-​mə-​lē How to pronounce hammy (audio) \ adverb
hamminess \ ˈha-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce hammy (audio) \ noun

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Examples of hammy in a Sentence

a hammy singer whose overwrought renditions of love songs just beg listeners to cry
Recent Examples on the Web John, 75, was delightfully hammy between songs, popping up from his piano bench to point and grin at the crowd while mouthing thanks and leading a concert that felt brisk, but never rote. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 16 July 2022 As if that wasn't enough, Jennifer Lawrence is in the mix as young Mystique, and Kevin Bacon plays the wonderfully hammy villain. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 29 Apr. 2022 Unfortunately, the performances are uneven, and Labovitz has sanctioned acting choices that can be unadvisedly clowning and hammy. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 In an opening cinematic, an amusingly hammy narrator growls the story over a lavishly violent slideshow of concept art. Will Bedingfield, Wired, 24 Feb. 2022 When making her hammy chickpea soup, recipe developer and author Carla Lalli Music purées half for a best-of-both-worlds situation: creamy (without the dairy!) and chunky at the same time. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 18 Feb. 2022 The album is based on a fantasy: The listener is stuck in traffic in a tunnel to the afterlife, listening to a radio station with a hammy announcer voiced by Jim Carrey. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 11 Jan. 2022 The cumbersome brogues and hammy villainous flourishes of the cast nearly upend the interior gravity of Welles’ star turn in a movie that adventurously takes many of its visual and sound cues from horror films. Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 For his hammy performance, Quaid is rewarded by being drenched in a shower of tiger urine. Nick Schager, Variety, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hammy

1929, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jul 2022

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“Hammy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hammy. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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