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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
ham/cheese etc rollBritish English (= one that is filled with ham, cheese etc)
▪ There would be a table groaning with smoked ham, with thick succulent slices of cold beef and crusty fresh bread.
▪ I was thinking how funny it would be if I had switched the smoked salmon for ham.
▪ All she eats is a tongue or a ham sandwich.
▪ And what about the ham sandwich?
▪ She longed for a thick ham sandwich and her bed.
▪ I went to the nearest deli and came back with a ham sandwich and a large container of coffee.
▪ Reid in London A bowl of cornflakes can kill you-not to mention a ham sandwich or a T-bone steak.
▪ Like Lindbergh, Signs brought five ham sandwiches on the 3, 610-mile trip.
▪ I ate a ham sandwich on white bread with dill pickles that soaked through the bread and made it soggy and green.
▪ a ham for Easter dinner
▪ At Christmas they sent hams and bourbon to the house.
▪ Bear hams were available from superior dealers in salted provisions.
▪ He gon na give me my ham.
▪ In this case a 101 year old ham, the most ancient in the world.
▪ On top, place half of cheese and ham.
▪ Thus creating a succulently flavoured ham that goes perfectly with a watercress and avocado salad and a few slices of brown bread.
▪ York ham is renowned throughout the world, although other hams are less well known.
▪ For all the kids care he could be Goofy, hamming it up for Mickey Mouse.
▪ Overemphasis, hamming it up, leads to the exaggerations of satire, cartooning, melodrama and farce.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ham \Ham\ (h[a^]m), n. [AS. ham; akin to D. ham, dial. G. hamme, OHG. hamma. Perh. named from the bend at the ham, and akin to E. chamber. Cf. Gammon ham.]

  1. (Anat.) The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal space; the hock.

  2. The thigh of any animal; especially, the thigh of a hog cured by salting and smoking.

    A plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams.


Ham \Ham\ (h[aum]m), n. Home. [North of Eng.]


Ham \Ham\ (h[a^]m), v. i. (Theater) To act with exaggerated voice and gestures; to overact.

ham it up to act in a showy fashion or to act so as to attract attention; to ham. [Colloq.]


Ham \Ham\ (h[a^]m), n.

  1. [Short for hamfatter.] a person who performs in a showy or exaggerated style; -- used especially of actors. Also used attributively, as, a ham actor.

  2. The licensed operator of an amateur radio station.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"meat of a hog's hind leg used for food," 1630s, from Old English hamm "hollow or bend of the knee," from Proto-Germanic *hamma- (cognates: Old Norse höm, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch hamme, Old High German hamma), from PIE *konemo- "shin bone" (cognates: Greek kneme "calf of the leg," Old Irish cnaim "bone"). Ham-fisted (1928) was originally in reference to pilots who were heavy on the controls, as was ham-handed (by 1918). With hammen ifalden "with folded hams" was a Middle English way of saying "kneeling."


"overacting inferior performer," 1882, American English, apparently a shortening of hamfatter (1880) "actor of low grade," which is said (since at least 1889) to be from the old minstrel show song, "The Ham-fat Man" (by 1856). The song, a comical black-face number, has nothing to do with acting, so the connection must be with the quality of acting in minstrel shows, where the song was popular. Its most popular aspect was the chorus and the performance of the line "Hoochee, kouchee, kouchee, says the ham fat man." Ham also had a sports slang sense of "incompetent pugilist" circa 1888, perhaps from ham-fisted. The notion of "amateurish" led to the sense of "amateur radio operator" (1919). The verb in the performance sense is first recorded 1933. As an adjective in this sense by 1935.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context anatomy English) The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal space; the hock. 2 (context countable English) A thigh and buttock of an animal slaughtered for meat. 3 (context uncountable English) Meat from the thigh of a hog cured for food. 4 The back of the thigh. 5 (context internet informal English) electronic mail that is wanted; mail that is not spam or junk mail. Etymology 2

n. (obsolete spelling of home English) Etymology 3

n. 1 An overacting or amateurish performer; an actor with an especially showy or exaggerated style. 2 An amateur radio operator. vb. To overact; to act with exaggerated emotions.

  1. v. exaggerate one's acting [syn: overact, ham it up, overplay] [ant: underact]

  2. [also: hamming, hammed]

  1. n. meat cut from the thigh of a hog (usually smoked) [syn: jambon, gammon]

  2. (Old Testament) son of Noah

  3. a licensed amateur radio operator

  4. an unskilled actor who overacts [syn: ham actor]

  5. [also: hamming, hammed]

Ham (chimpanzee)

Ham (July 1956 – January 19, 1983), also known as Ham the Chimp and Ham the Astrochimp, was a chimpanzee and the first hominid launched into space, on 31 January 1961, as part of America's space program. Ham's name is an acronym for the lab which prepared him for his historic mission — the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center, located at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Ham (disambiguation)

Ham is a cut of meat from an edible mammal's rear, usually from a pig.

Ham may also refer to:

Ham (son of Noah)

Ham (; Greek Χαμ, Kham; Arabic: , Ḥām, "hot" or "burnt"), according to the Table of Nations in the Book of Genesis, was a son of Noah and the father of Cush, Mizraim, Phut and Canaan.

Ham (Cergy)

Ham is a small village to the south of Cergy. The village used to be part of the Sergentery and then commune of Neuville-sur-Oise but has since been amalgamated in the commune of Cergy.

It is situated on the southern side of the River Oise and is linked to Cergy by a one way bridge. The area is rather flat as it is inside the last meander of the river.

On its territory is the outdoor leisure centre Base de Loisirs de Cergy-Neuville.

Category:Villages in Île-de-France


Ham is pork that has been preserved through salting, smoking, or wet curing. It was traditionally made only from the hind leg of swine, and referred to that specific cut of pork. Ham is made around the world, including a number of highly coveted regional specialties, such as Westphalian ham and Jamón serrano. Technically a processed meat, "ham" may refer to a product which has been through mechanical re-forming.

The precise nature of meat termed "ham" is controlled in a number of areas, often by statute, including the United States and European Union. In addition, numerous ham products have specific geographical naming protection, such as Prosciutto di Parma and Prosciutto Toscano PDO in Europe, and Smithfield ham in the US.

HAM (band)

HAM is an Icelandic rock band which was active in the years 1988 to 1994. They are often listed as a heavy metal band but have never categorized themselves as such. They did not attain significant popularity while active, but have gradually come to be acknowledged as an important part of Icelandic rock history. Today they command a cult following among many Icelandic rock enthusiasts.

Ham (surname)

Ham or Hahm is a Western and Korean surname.

In 2000 in South Korea, there were approximately 75,955 people with this surname. It is also used in North Korea. Although some sources claim there are as many as sixty Ham clans, only the Gangneung Ham clan can be documented. Ham Gyu ( Hanja: 咸規), a Goryeo general from the thirteenth century, is considered the founding ancestor of the Ham clan.

People with the surname include:


  • Ham Heung-chul (born 1930), South Korean association football player
  • Ham Hyun-gi (born 1962), South Korean association football player
  • Ham Kee-yong (born 1930), South Korean long-distance runner, winner of the Boston Marathon
  • Ham Pong-sil (born 1974), North Korean long-distance runner
  • Ham Seok-heon (born 1901), Korean Quaker author and activist
  • Ham Tae-young (born 1873), Korean politician, pastor and leader of the Presbyterian Church of Korea
  • Ham Jang-Sik, better known as Lustboy, Korean retired professional League of Legends player and analyist


  • Hahm Eun-Jung (born 1988), South Korean singer and actress, member of the South Korean girl group T-ara
  • Shinik Hahm (born 1958), Korean-American conductor

Usage examples of "ham".

Ham seemed to be a little faster on his feet, although the apish Monk moved with fantastic speed for one of such grotesque physique.

Mr finesilver, I ham most confounded sorry to trouble you, but my dad arst me to give you this here letter and for you to give me the thing mentioned in it what he wants collected.

And Deda, who loved Babushka more than a woman deserved to be loved by a man, would bow his head, let her vent her feelings, say nothing, but the following month be back carrying more cans of ham.

Ears are the best trophy you can take from a man, not as good as the skin of a blackmaned lion or the great bossed hams of a buffalo, but better than the scalp.

Clovelly herrings and Torridge salmon, Exmoor mutton and Stow venison, stubble geese and woodcocks, curlew and snipe, hams of Hampshire, chitterlings of Taunton, and botargos of Cadiz, such as Pantagruel himself might have devoured.

Mix the peas and ham and for one and one-half cups add a cup of white sauce seasoned with a teaspoon of lemon juice, a dash each of nutmeg and cayenne and salt to taste.

She thought about all the different types of bread that might be in those sandwiches -- quinoa, winter wheat, sprouted rye -- and the fillings -- potted cuy, chlorella paste, maybe even real chicken, or freeze-dried ham imported from Earth.

Still wearing his vividly striped pyjamas, Chubby lowered his massive hams into the sea.

Monk and Ham would then shed the disguises of Cuerpo and Cabeza and do their stuff.

Ham, or Cabeza and Cuerpo, were unable to find any words for longer than would have been expected.

She had, of course, realized that Cabeza and Cuerpo were Ham and Monk.

As he wheezed with laughter at his own joke, the young girl with him wished he would just crash and burn so she could go home and have a cuppa and a ham sandwich like normal people.

And at Dilling ham there would be the sun on the corn fields and the river tumbling to the cold sea and the call of the plovers.

Indeed, it sometimes seemed that the whole of the Town had made its way to Suffolk that summer, and four weeks later, when Nicholas and Lucille returned early from their wedding trip, Dilling ham Court really came to life.

She had seen the Dowager Countess shudder and cast her son a look of profound dislike, and Mrs Dit ton had no intention of finding her invitations to Dilling ham Court rescinded.