Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The thigh of the hind leg of certain animals, especially a hog.
  • noun A cut of meat from the thigh of a hog.
  • noun The back of the knee.
  • noun The back of the thigh.
  • noun The buttocks.
  • noun A performer who overacts or exaggerates.
  • noun A licensed amateur radio operator.
  • intransitive verb To overact.
  • intransitive verb To exaggerate or overdo (a dramatic role, for example).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The back of the thigh; the thigh as a whole; in the plural, the gluteal region; the buttocks.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The thigh of an animal slaughtered for food; particularly, the thigh of a hog salted and cured or dried in smoke.
  • noun A stinted common pasture for cows.
  • noun An obsolete (Middle English and Anglo-Saxon) form of home.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun North of Eng. Home.
  • intransitive verb (Theater) To act with exaggerated voice and gestures; to overact.
  • intransitive verb [Colloq.] to act in a showy fashion or to act so as to attract attention; to ham.
  • noun (Anat.) The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal space; the hock.
  • noun The thigh of any animal; especially, the thigh of a hog cured by salting and smoking.
  • noun a person who performs in a showy or exaggerated style; -- used especially of actors. Also used attributively, .
  • noun The licensed operator of an amateur radio station.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete Archaic spelling of home.
  • noun anatomy The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal space; the hock.
  • noun countable The thigh and buttock of any animal slaughtered for meat.
  • noun uncountable The thigh of a hog cured for food.
  • noun The back of the thigh.
  • noun Internet, informal Electronic mail that is wanted; mail that is not spam, or junk mail
  • noun An overacting or amateurish performer; an actor with an especially showy or exaggerated style.
  • noun An amateur radio operator.
  • verb To overact; to act with exaggerated emotions.

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

  • noun (Old Testament) son of Noah
  • noun meat cut from the thigh of a hog (usually smoked)
  • noun an unskilled actor who overacts
  • noun a licensed amateur radio operator
  • verb exaggerate one's acting

Etymologies

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

[Middle English hamme, from Old English hamm. N., senses 6 and 7, possibly from ham-fatter, a poor or amateurish actor.]

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From Old English hām.

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From Middle English hamme, from Old English hamm ("inner or hind part of the knee, ham"), from Proto-Germanic *hamō, *hammō, *hanmō , from Proto-Indo-European *kanam-, *knāmā (“thigh, shin”). Cognate with Dutch ham ("ham"), dialectal German Hamme ("hind part of the knee, ham"), dialectal Swedish ham ("the hind part of the knee"), Icelandic höm ("the ham or haunch of a horse"), Middle Irish cnáim ("bone"), Ancient Greek  (knḗmé, "shinbone"). Compare gammon.

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Shortened from hamfatter ("inferior actor"), said to derive from the 1863 minstrel show song The Ham-fat Man.

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  • A town hear Sandwich, Kent, England.

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  • Dwelling, home, village, &/or estate. Old English

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  • "6. A stinted common pasture for cows."

    --Century Dictionary

    March 9, 2011

  • Email that is not spam; non-spam. (Source)

    March 30, 2011