Crossword clues for gammon
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Gammon \Gam"mon\ (g[a^]m"m[u^]n), n. [See 2d Game.]
A victory in the game of backgammon in which one player gammons another, i. e., the winner bears off all of his pieces before his opponent bears off any pieces; as, he won the match with three gammons in a row.
An imposition or hoax; humbug. [Colloq.]
Gammon \Gam"mon\, v. t.
To beat in the game of backgammon, before an antagonist has been able to get his ``men'' or counters home and withdraw any of them from the board; as, to gammon a person. In certain variants of the game one who gammons an opponent scores twice the normal value of the game.
To impose on; to hoax; to cajole. [Colloq.]
Gammon \Gam"mon\, v. t. [Etymol. unknown.] (Naut.)
To fasten (a bowsprit) to the stem of a vessel by lashings of
rope or chain, or by a band of iron.
Gammon \Gam"mon\ (g[a^]m"m[u^]n), n. [OF. gambon, F. jambon, fr.
OF. gambe leg, F. jambe. See Gambol, n., and cf. Ham.]
The buttock or thigh of a hog, salted and smoked or dried;
the lower end of a flitch.
Gammon \Gam"mon\ (g[a^]m"m[u^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gammoned (g[a^]m"m[u^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Gammoning.] To make bacon of; to salt and dry in smoke.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"ham or haunch of a swine," especially when smoked and cured, early 15c., gambon, from Old North French gambon "ham" (Old French jambon, 13c.), from gambe (Old French jambe) "leg," from Late Latin gamba "leg of an animal" (see gambol (n.)).
Etymology 1 n. The lower or hind part of a side of bacon. vb. To cure bacon by salting. Etymology 2
n. (context backgammon English) A victory in backgammon achieved when the opponent has not taken a single stone; (also, rarely, backgammon, the game itself). vb. (context backgammon English) To beat by a gammon (without the opponent taking a stone). Etymology 3
n. (context nautical English) A rope fastening a bowsprit to the stem of a ship (usually called a gammoning). vb. To lash with ropes (on a ship). Etymology 4
n. (context dated English) Chatter, ridiculous nonsense. vb. (label en colloquial dated) To deceive, to lie plausibly.
Gammon may refer to:
- Gammon India, civil engineering construction company in India
- Reg Gammon (1894 – 1997), English painter
- Gammon (meat), a cut of quick-cured pork leg
- Gammon bomb, a British hand grenade used during World War II
- Gammon Construction, a construction company in Hong Kong
- SA-5 Gammon, the NATO designation for the Russian Angara/Vega/Dubna surface-to-air missile system
- Shelta, the language of the Irish Travellers
- Steve Gammon, Welsh professional footballer
- Gammon, a victory in backgammon achieved before the loser removed a single checker
- Gammon, the rope lashing or iron hardware to attach a mast to a boat or ship
Gammon is hind leg of pork after curing by dry-salting or brining. It may or may not be smoked. Like bacon, it needs to be cooked before it can be eaten. It may be sold on-the-bone or boned and rolled.
It may be served as a roasted joint, or as steaks or rashers. It differs from ham in that ham is cured after being cut from the carcass, and the curing process for ham may be different.
Joints of cooked gammon are often served at Christmas, or on Boxing Day.
Gammon is often purchased to be further cured into ham - this is carried out by immersing the joint in water, then adding sugar, salt, spices and other ingredients and bringing to the boil.
The words gammon, ham and bacon are sometimes used interchangeably. And in the US in particular, the word 'ham' may refer to raw, uncured hind leg of pork.
The word 'gammon' is related to the French word jambon, meaning ham, which in turn is derived from Late Latingamba, meaning leg.
Usage examples of "gammon".
The new bowsprit was home by half past ten, gammoned and frapped by eleven, and the new jibboom rigged out, with all stays and shrouds set up by the depth of low tide.
Then the quid pro quo: Gammons tells Billy that the Montreal Expos have decided to trade their slugging outfielder, Cliff Floyd, to the Boston Red Sox.
Like Gammon, all had the uncomfortable hunch that they must get there before the Geeks learned of the find.
Cassandra, who was now a star student at an eminent film school, lent them a fiver from her grant whenever she could and always bought them a packet of gammon steaks which were their favourite -- although they told friends they had to eat couscous at least twice a week or they would die.
It was while grilling the sizzling flesh of the gammon steaks that Owen hit on another idea for making money.
Gammon reminded him, "he -strips his vessels completely, destroys every artifact and means of identification and yet camouflages his tomb and surrounds it with automatic weapons.
Gammon reminded him, "he strips his vessels completely, destroys every artifact and means of identification and yet camouflages his tomb and surrounds it with automatic weapons.
Gammons services came a mite expensive, he would engage his own servant, an au pair girl perhaps, or one of those Filipino beauties one reads about, or even two.
Jordan had supervised the preparation of a gargantuan q English breakfast, fresh eggs and grilled gammon, salted kippers and tinned pork sausage, potted shrimps and bloater paste, with freshly-chumed yellow butter and hot scones.
In their baggy trousers pockets they had a spoon, razor, socks, cleaning patches, flashlight, maps, three-day supply of K-rations, an emergency ration package (four chocolate bars, a pack of Charms, powdered coffee, sugar, and matches), ammunition, a compass, two fragmentation grenades, an antitank mine, a smoke grenade, a Gammon bomb (a 2-pound plastic explosive for use against tanks), and cigarettes, two cartons per man.
It was quite ridiculous that such a triviality should improve the flavour of the gammon and spinach and fried eggs that the innkeeper set before him, but it was indeed the case.
He was still asleep when the hands were piped to dinner, sleeping still when the gun-room sat down to its gammon and spinach, and for the first time Stephen saw all the Polychrest's officers together - all except for Pullings, who had the watch, and who was walking the quarterdeck with his hands behind his back, pacing in as close an imitation of Captain Aubrey as his form could manage, and remembering, every now and then, to look stern, devilish, as like a right tartar as possible, in spite of his bubbling happiness.
But apart from that, sir, and the forward chain-pump choked, foretop halliards badly chafed, and bowsprit gammoning not what it might be, everything is shipshape, tolerably shipshape.
Now she has been handled rough bowsprit gone in the gammoning, headrails all ahoo, not a dead eye left this side, hardly.
We'll need a kind of gammoning here, Mr Watt, until the carpenter can attend to the cap.