American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The thigh of the hind leg of certain animals, especially a hog.
- n. A cut of meat from the thigh of a hog.
- n. The back of the knee.
- n. The back of the thigh.
- n. The buttocks.
- n. A performer who overacts or exaggerates.
- n. A licensed amateur radio operator.
- v. To overact.
- v. To exaggerate or overdo (a dramatic role, for example).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The back of the thigh; the thigh as a whole; in the plural, the gluteal region; the buttocks.
- n. In anatomy, specifically, the back of the knee; the lozenge-shaped area behind the knee, bounded by the hamstrings and heads of the calf-muscles, technically called the popliteal space.
- n. The thigh of an animal slaughtered for food; particularly, the thigh of a hog salted and cured or dried in smoke.
- n. An obsolete (Middle English and Anglo-Saxon) form of home.
- n. In historical use, with reference to the Anglo-Saxon period, a village or town; more specifically, a manor or private estate with a community of serfs upon it: much used in compound local names, as in Birmingham, Nottingham.
- n. A stinted common pasture for cows.
- n. An overacting or amateurish performer; an actor with an especially showy or exaggerated style.
- n. An amateur radio operator.
- v. To overact; to act with exaggerated emotions.
- n. obsolete Archaic spelling of home.
- n. anatomy The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal space; the hock.
- n. countable The thigh and buttock of any animal slaughtered for meat.
- n. uncountable The thigh of a hog cured for food.
- n. The back of the thigh.
- n. Internet, informal Electronic mail that is wanted; mail that is not spam, or junk mail
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. North of Eng. Home.
- n. (Anat.) The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal space; the hock.
- n. The thigh of any animal; especially, the thigh of a hog cured by salting and smoking.
- n. a person who performs in a showy or exaggerated style; -- used especially of actors. Also used attributively, .
- n. The licensed operator of an amateur radio station.
- v. (Theater) To act with exaggerated voice and gestures; to overact.
- n. (Old Testament) son of Noah
- n. meat cut from the thigh of a hog (usually smoked)
- n. an unskilled actor who overacts
- n. a licensed amateur radio operator
- v. exaggerate one's acting
- From Old English hām. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English hamme, from Old English hamm. N., senses 6 and 7, possibly from ham-fatter, a poor or amateurish actor. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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