from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • v. To play, gamble.
  • v. To impose upon; delude; trick; humbug; also, to joke; chaff.
  • n. A deceitful game or trick; trickery; humbug; nonsense.


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

    Orley Farm

  • Once in a while he manages to gammon a few of the local brats into uniform, but mostly it's sons of the legion following in their Da's footsteps because a camp upbringing's ruined 'em for honest work stealing cattle.

    Smart Dragons, Foolish Elves


The word 'gammon' in the sense of 'joke, trick' may come from 'backgammon'.