from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A term of contempt for an actor of a low grade, as a negro minstrel. Said to be derived from an old-style negro song called “The Ham-fat Man.”
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Theatrical Slang A low-grade actor or performer; a ham.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A low-grade actor, a ham.
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He was just as glad to be with us as at first, followed us around like a pet poodle, and got away with his bale of hay as regular as a Rialto hamfatter raidin 'the free lunch.
And to think of a hamfatter like McCallum, who's come back from Buffalo on a brake beam so often that he always sleeps with one arm crooked around the bedpost, havin 'the nerve to call himself a school of dramatic art!