from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of chamois.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. chamois leather
- n. a cloth made of this leather
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The chamois.
- n. A soft, pliant leather, prepared originally from the skin of the chamois, but now made also from the skin of the sheep, goat, kid, deer, and calf. See Shamoying.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as chamois, 2.
- n. A bag of chamois leather in which miners keep their gold-dust.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a soft suede leather formerly from the skin of the chamois antelope but now from sheepskin
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After wiping his shoes with a cloth he calls a shammy, Grandpa puts them on.
When, as sometimes happens, a fossicker comes in with a "shammy" full of gold, and lays himself out to make himself and every one else happy, then indeed the hotel-keeper's harvest is a rich one.
(Of course, by another "SNL" tradition, anybody in any given cast can "do" Lorne Michaels; just extend your lower lip, grasp a glass of white wine, and let your words come out as if being squeezed from a shammy.)
If I had the money sure, I would go buy the whole shammy gammy outfit but I don't.
Wits' people put shammy leather over our eyes, shaped our arms with winch rope, and locked us into crates for Labs in a pick-up bed.
You people are so predictable. oh shammy tell me what come next?
Just entered Zangamarsh at lvl 64 with my shammy and I love it, it is a herbalists paradise! kyle
Just remember to wash your shammy in hot water when you get home.
'You will have to take on a mate or two in the polishing line,' said Jack to Killick, who was gazing round with a kind of imbecile rapture at the number of surfaces that he might now attack with powdered chalk and shammy leather: like many seamen he had a passion for making metal shine, and he had already reduced Jack's earliest silver plates to something not far removed from foil.
Before the monkey, the woman used the line to dry her husband's shammy cloths and her son's football uniform.