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.

    Shorty McCabe

  • 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!



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