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

  • adj. Marked or characterized by overacting; affectedly humorous or dramatic.

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  • adj. Resembling ham.
  • adj. Amateurish; characterized by overacting.
  • n. Short for hamstring; a hamstring injury.
  • n. A hamster.

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  • adj. affectedly dramatic; overacted


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Derived from ham.


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  • If you tweak a hammy, which I have many times, pushing it only increases the chance of pulling it.

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  • The arguable brilliance of the casting choices comes from having so many comic actors and comedians cast as those straight men, avoiding any kind of hammy portrayals and giving entirely sincere performances.

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  • The scene where the venom symbiote comes to earth was just "hammy".

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  • At some point everybody becomes a bit housebound, and at such times its nice to know that while the serial nature of the soap opera makes the acting seem quite "hammy", at least the scenery is worth checking out.

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  • Jew with a beak; (2) the same without a beak; (3) the "hammy" Jew, with pink face like a _cochon-à-lait_.

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  • Brolin handily walks away with the movie, Assante's kind of hammy, Crowe is solid, and Denzel, magnetic as he is, never entirely convinces as either a hair-trigger madman or a seductive sociopath.

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  • I know what you're thinking: "This story seems like it could be kind of hammy and stupid, so I'm certainly glad they have noted models of restraint Danny DeVito, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, and Dax Shepard on board."

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  • Better than SRK in the film (God, that was some 'hammy' performance) but only just.



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