- 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.
A sliced roast ham.
- 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 makeupSlang 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 knēmē): hamsenses and amp; influenced, influence by am(ateur)
- The thigh of the hind leg of certain animals, especially a hog.
- A cut of meat from the thigh of a hog.
- 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 hammed, ham·ming, hams
Origin of hamMiddle English hamme, from Old English hamm. N., senses 6 and 7, possibly from ham-fatter, a poor or amateurish actor.
- (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.
- a little piece of ham for the cat
- The back of the thigh.
- (Internet, informal) Electronic mail that is wanted; mail that is not spam or junk mail.
From Middle English hamme, from Old English hamm (“inner or hind part of the knee, ham”), from Proto-Germanic *hamō, *hammō, *hanmō, from Proto-Indo-European *kanam-, *knāmā (“thigh, shin”). Cognate with Dutch ham (“ham”), dialectal German Hamme (“hind part of the knee, ham”), dialectal Swedish ham (“the hind part of the knee”), Icelandic höm (“the ham or haunch of a horse”), Middle Irish cnáim (“bone”), Ancient Greek κνήμη (knḗmé, “shinbone”). Compare gammon.
- Obsolete spelling of home.
- Persists in many old place names, such as Buckingham.
From Old English hām.
- An overacting or amateurish performer; an actor with an especially showy or exaggerated style.
- An amateur radio operator.
(third-person singular simple present hams, present participle hamming, simple past and past participle hammed)
- To overact; to act with exaggerated emotions.
- ham it up
Shortened from hamfatter (“inferior actor”), said to derive from the 1863 minstrel show song The Ham-fat Man.
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.