- 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.
ham definition by Webster's New World
- 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: < 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: Middle 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)
ham definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
Origin: Middle English hamme, from Old English hamm. N., senses 6 and 7, possibly from ham-fatter, a poor or amateurish actor.
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.
ham - Cultural Definition
One of the three sons of Noah. According to the biblical account, Noah and his family were the only human survivors of the great Flood and were therefore the progenitors of all the peoples on Earth.
- Egypt (see also Egypt) was traditionally called “the Land of Ham,” and Ham was considered to be the ancestor of the Egyptians and of all African peoples south of Egypt.
- The “curse of Ham” refers to the biblical story in which Ham, seeing his father drunk and naked, refused to turn away as his two brothers did. When Noah awoke, he cursed Ham and his son Canaan, supposedly causing a darker pigmentation in their descendants. This so-called curse has often been wrongly used to justify racism.