ham, jambon, gammon

(noun) meat cut from the thigh of a hog (usually smoked)

ham, ham actor

(noun) an unskilled actor who overacts


(noun) a licensed amateur radio operator


(noun) (Old Testament) son of Noah

overact, ham it up, ham, overplay

(verb) exaggerate one’s acting

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Proper noun

Ham (plural Hams)

A surname.

(biblical) A son of Noah and the brother of Japheth and Shem.

A suburban district in Richmond upon Thames borough and Kingston upon Thames borough, Greater London, England.

Two districts (East Ham and West Ham) in Newham, Greater London, England.

A hamlet in Kent, England.

A village in Wiltshire, England.

A village in Caithness, Highland council area, Scotland (OS grid ref ND2373)


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Etymology 1


ham (countable and uncountable, plural hams)

(anatomy) The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal space; the hock.

(countable) A thigh and buttock of an animal slaughtered for meat.

(uncountable) Meat from the thigh of a hog cured for food.

The back of the thigh.

(internet, informal, uncommon) Electronic mail that is wanted; mail that is not spam or junk mail.

Antonym: spam

Etymology 2


ham (uncountable)

Obsolete form of home.

Usage notes

• Persists in many old place names, such as Buckingham.

Etymology 3


ham (plural hams)

(acting) An overacting or amateurish performer; an actor with an especially showy or exaggerated style.

Synonyms: hambone, hamfatter, overactor, tear-cat

(radio) An amateur radio operator.

Synonym: radio amateur


ham (third-person singular simple present hams, present participle hamming, simple past and past participle hammed)

(acting) To overact; to act with exaggerated emotions.


• chew the scenery, ham it up, melodramatize, overact, tear a cat


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Initialism of his apostolic majesty, the title given to a number of historical kings of Hungary.

Proper noun


(computer graphics) Initialism of Hold-And-Modify, a display mode of the Commodore Amiga computer, allowing for a large number of colours on screen.


• HMA, MHA, Mah, mAh, mah

Source: Wiktionary

Ham, n.

Definition: Home. [North of Eng.] Chaucer.

Ham, n. Etym: [AS. ham; akin to D. ham, dial. G. hamme, OHG. hamma. Perh. named from the bend at the ham, and akin to E. chamber. Cf. Gammon ham.]

1. (Anat.)

Definition: The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal space; the hock.

2. The thigh of any animal; especially, the thigh of a hog cured by salting and smoking. A plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak ham. Shak.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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