A sliced roast ham.
- The definition of ham is the back part of the thigh or knee, or the hind leg of a four-legged animal.
An example of ham is the back leg of a pig which is served for Christmas dinner.
- To ham is defined as to overact.
An example of ham is to add a lot of extra jokes to a play that were not originally written in the script.
- Archaic the part of the leg behind the knee
- the back of the thigh
- the thigh and the buttock together
- the hock or hind leg of a four-legged animal
- the upper part of a hog's hind leg, or meat from this, salted, dried, smoked, etc.
- Informal a licensed amateur radio operator
Origin of ham< hamfatter, an actor of low grade, said to be so named from former use of ham fat to remove makeupInformal an amateur or incompetent performer, esp. an actor who performs with showy exaggeration
Origin of hamMiddle English hamme from Old English hamm, akin to German dialect, dialectal hamme from Indo-European base an unverified form konemo-, shin bone (from source Classical Greek kn?m?): hamnoun and and adjective influenced, influence by am(ateur)
transitive verbhammed, ham′ming
- The thigh of the hind leg of certain animals, especially a hog.
- A cut of meat from the thigh of a hog, often cured by salting or smoking.
- The back of the knee.
- The back of the thigh.
- hams The buttocks.
- A performer who overacts or exaggerates.
- A licensed amateur radio operator.
verbhammed, ham·ming, hams
Origin of hamMiddle English hamme from Old English hamm Noun, sense 6, from obsolete slang hamfatter a poor or amateurish actor, from the song “The Ham-Fat Man” (1863), considered typical of minstrel shows and their low standards of performance and depicting a stereotyped vision of slave life in the American South (including a slave who likes gravy made from ham fat) Noun, sense 7, short for ham operator originally applied in the 1800s to telegraphers with poor skills from ham-fisted and ham-handed
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ham - Computer Definition
- A ham-fisted person, i.e., someone with big, clumsy hands.
- An amateur radio operator. The exact origin and meaning of the term is vague. Some suggest that ham is a shortened and corrupted version of amateur.The most reliable origin seems to be in reference to a ham-fisted amateur telegrapher, as amateur radio operators traditionally were required to demonstrate a reasonable level of skill in Morse code telegraphy. Skilled telegraphers referred to someone lacking in proficiency using the pejorative terms plug or ham. This use of the term dates at least to 1899, when G.M. Dodge first included it in his book, The Telegraph Instructor, under the heading Definitions of Technical Terms Used in Railroad and Telegraphic Work. See also amateur radio service, Morse code, and telegraph.
An amateur radio operator. The term's origin is uncertain, but most likely came from early, pre-radio days, when Morse-code operators were referred to as "ham-fisted" and called "hams." Anecdote places the origin as the first initials of "Hertz," "Ampere" and "Marconi," the originators of radio technology, but the term was used before Marconi's time. See amateur radio.