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.
- transitive v. To make bacon of; to salt and dry in smoke.
- 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 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
- 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.
- 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.
- n. The buttock or thigh of a hog, salted and smoked or dried; a smoked ham.
- 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).
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
Probably from Middle English gamen, gammen, game, from Old English gamen.
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)