An example of to sham is to advertise fake gold as real.
An example of a sham is a fake diamond being advertised as a real one.
A pillow sham.
Sham diamonds; sham modesty.
An example of sham used as an adjective is the phrase "sham intelligence" which means smarts that are not really there.
Origin of sham
- Perhaps dialectal variant of shame
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Probably a dialectal form of shame.