The definition of ham is the back part of the thigh or knee, or the hind leg of a four-legged animal.(noun)
An example of ham is the back leg of a pig which is served for Christmas dinner.
To ham is defined as to overact.(verb)
An example of ham is to add a lot of extra jokes to a play that were not originally written in the script.
See ham in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < hamfatter, an actor of low grade, said to be so named from former use of ham fat to remove makeupSlang an amateur or incompetent performer, esp. an actor who performs with showy exaggeration
Origin: ME hamme < OE hamm, akin to Ger dial. hamme < IE base *konemo-, shin bone (> Gr knēmē): hamsenses & infl. by am(ateur)
See ham in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English hamme
Origin: , from Old English hamm
Origin: . N., senses 6 and 7, possibly from ham-fatter, a poor or amateurish actor.
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