- Sham means not real or fake.
An example of sham used as an adjective is the phrase "sham intelligence" which means smarts that are not really there.
- The definition of a sham is something or someone that is false or has a disguise.
An example of a sham is a fake diamond being advertised as a real one.
- To sham is defined as to pretend to be something you are not or to disguise something.
An example of to sham is to advertise fake gold as real.
sham definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete a trick or fraud
- an imitation that is meant to deceive; counterfeit
- a hypocritical action, deceptive appearance, etc.
- a person who is not what he or she pretends to be; fraud; impostor
- ☆ pillow sham
Origin: probably ; from northern Eng dialect, dialectal variant, variety of shame
sham definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Something false or empty that is purported to be genuine; a spurious imitation.
- The quality of deceitfulness; empty pretense.
- One who assumes a false character; an impostor: “He a man! Hell! He was a hollow sham!” (Joseph Conrad).
- A decorative cover made to simulate an article of household linen and used over or in place of it: a pillow sham.
Origin: Perhaps dialectal variant of shame.
- shamˈmer noun
sham - Business Definition
sham - Investment & Finance Definition
- A transaction that is designed to trick or defraud investors.
- A means to avoid taxes fraudulently.
sham - Legal Definition