Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A victory in backgammon reached before the loser has succeeded in removing a single piece.
  • transitive v. To defeat in backgammon by scoring a gammon.
  • n. Misleading or nonsensical talk; humbug.
  • n. See Shelta.
  • transitive v. To mislead by deceptive talk.
  • intransitive v. To talk misleadingly or deceptively.
  • n. A cured or smoked ham.
  • n. The lower part of a side of bacon.
  • transitive v. To fasten (a bowsprit) to the stem of a ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The lower or hind part of a side of bacon.
  • n. A victory in backgammon achieved when the opponent has not taken a single stone; (also, rarely, backgammon, the game itself).
  • n. A rope fastening a bowsprit to the stem of a ship (usually called a gammoning).
  • n. Chatter, ridiculous nonsense.
  • v. To cure bacon by salting.
  • v. To lash with ropes (on a ship).
  • v. To deceive, to lie plausibly.
  • v. To beat by a gammon (without the opponent taking a stone).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The buttock or thigh of a hog, salted and smoked or dried; the lower end of a flitch.
  • n. Backgammon.
  • n. A victory in the game of backgammon in which one player gammons another, i. e., the winner bears off all of his pieces before his opponent bears off any pieces.
  • n. An imposition or hoax; humbug.
  • transitive v. To make bacon of; to salt and dry in smoke.
  • transitive v. To beat in the game of backgammon, before an antagonist has been able to get his “men” or counters home and withdraw any of them from the board. In certain variants of the game one who gammons an opponent scores twice the normal value of the game.
  • transitive v. To impose on; to hoax; to cajole.
  • transitive v. To fasten (a bowsprit) to the stem of a vessel by lashings of rope or chain, or by a band of iron.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To play; gamble.
  • To play a part; pretend.
  • To impose upon; delude; trick; humbug; also, to joke; chaff.
  • In the game of backgammon, to win a gammon over. See gammon, n.
  • To make into bacon; cure, as bacon, by salting and smoking.
  • [Appar. in allusion to the tying or wrapping up of a gammon or ham.] To fasten a bowsprit to the stem of (a ship).
  • n. In the game of backgammon, a victory in which one player succeeds in throwing off all his men before his opponent throws off any: distinguished from backgammon, in which the opponent is not only gammoned, but has at least one man not advanced from the first six points.
  • n. A deceitful game or trick; trickery; humbug; nonsense.
  • n. The buttock or thigh of a hog, salted and smoked or dried; a smoked ham.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. meat cut from the thigh of a hog (usually smoked)
  • n. hind portion of a side of bacon

Etymologies

Probably from Middle English gamen, gammen, game, from Old English gamen.
Origin unknown.
Middle English gambon, from Old North French, from gambe, leg, from Late Latin gamba, hoof; see gambol.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • She got high and mighty, and I told her I was old enough to be her grandfather and that I wouldn't take gammon from a chit like her.

    "Your" Miss Lackland

  • I observed, "Well, I must say you 'gammon' through very well, for I always think you are one of the easiest speakers of the day."

    The Idler Magazine, Volume III, April 1893 An Illustrated Monthly

  • Lay in a large stock of "gammon" and pennyroyal -- carefully strip and pare all the tainted parts away, when this can be done without destroying the whole -- wrap it up in printed paper, containing all possible virtues -- baste with flattery, stuff with adulation, garnish with fictitious attributes, and a strong infusion of sycophancy.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, August 7, 1841

  • Mr. Stiggins began to sigh in a dismal manner, he plainly evinced his disapprobation of the whole proceedings, by sundry incoherent ramblings of speech, among which frequent angry repetitions of the word 'gammon' were alone distinguishable to the ear.

    The Pickwick Papers

  • The general impression seemed to be, that as an explanation of Mr Gregsbury's political conduct, it did not enter quite enough into detail; and one gentleman in the rear did not scruple to remark aloud, that, for his purpose, it savoured rather too much of a 'gammon' tendency.

    Nicholas Nickleby

  • 'Ha!' said the King, 'you dare to say "gammon" to your Sovereign, do you?

    The Rose and the Ring

  • The elder Mr. Weller observed these signs and tokens with many manifestations of disgust, and when, after a second jug of the same, Mr. Stiggins began to sigh in a dismal manner, he plainly evinced his disapprobation of the whole proceedings, by sundry incoherent ramblings of speech, among which frequent angry repetitions of the word 'gammon' were alone distinguishable to the ear.

    The Pickwick papers

  • But, of course, reader, you know that 'gammon' flourishes in Peru, amongst the silver mines, as well as in some more boreal lands that produce little better than copper and tin.

    Narrative and Miscellaneous Papers — Volume 1

  • "Mr. Moulder, I don't exactly know what you mean by that word gammon, but it's objectionable.

    Orley Farm

  • Slice of life: Nigel Slater's classic boiled gammon and parsley sauce.

    Nigel Slater's classic boiled gammon and parsley sauce

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    February 26, 2014

  • Humbug; deceit; lies. Any assertion which is not strictly true, or, professions believed to be insincere; as, 'I believe you're gammoning, or, 'That's all gammon;' meaning, you are jesting with me, or, that's all a farce.

    The gentry say death and distress are all gammon,
    And shut up their hearts to the lab'rer's appeal.--Punch, pl. 54.

    Dictionary of Americanisms, by John Russell Bartlett. (NY: Bartlett and Welford, 1848)

    October 21, 2008

  • "To lash the bowsprit with ropes to the stem or cutwater of a ship in order to secure the bowsprit in place, and the lashing itself. Also the ham of a swine. Also talk, chatter, nonsense for deceiving simpletons only, humbug." A Sea of Words, 209

    Usage on gammoned.

    October 20, 2008