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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I was getting so much spam mail that I changed my email address.
▪ A major drawback is that you can't filter emails or spam.
▪ In effect, it would ban all spam.
▪ ISPs are increasingly filtering out known spam, and most newsgroup clients support user-defined filters, so use them.
▪ My wake-up call arrived when the amount of spam selling lists of e-mail addresses exceeded that pushing miracle diet drugs.
▪ Not only is the return address on the e-mail almost certainly fraudulent, but responding to spam creates more traffic.
▪ Throughout the summer adverts will appear in newspapers and magazines reminding people of the goodness of spam.

n. (context uncountable computing Internet English) A collection of unsolicited bulk electronic messages. vb. 1 (context intransitive computing Internet English) To send spam (i.e. unsolicited electronic messages.) 2 (context transitive computing Internet English) To send spam (i.e. unsolicited electronic messages) to a person or entity. 3 (context transitive by extension video games English) To relentlessly attack an enemy with (a spell or ability). 4 (context transitive intransitive computing Internet English) To post the same text repeatedly with disruptive effect; to flood.

Spam (Monty Python)

"Spam" is a Monty Python sketch, first televised in 1970. In the sketch, two customers are lowered into a greasy spoon café by wires and try to order a breakfast from a menu that includes Spam in almost every dish. The sketch was written by Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

It features Terry Jones as the Waitress, Eric Idle as Mr. Bun and Graham Chapman as Mrs. Bun. The televised sketch also featured John Cleese as The Hungarian and Michael Palin as a historian, but this part was left out of audio recordings of the sketch.

The term spam in the context of electronic communications is derived from this sketch.


Spam or SPAM commonly refers to:

  • Spamming, unsolicited or undesired electronic messages
    • Email spam, unsolicited, undesired, or illegal email messages
    • Messaging spam, unsolicited, undesired, or illegal messages in general (private messages on websites, sms, messenger etc...)
  • Spam (food), a canned pork meat product

Spam or SPAM may also refer to:

Spam (food)

Spam (stylized SPAM) is a brand of canned precooked meat made by Hormel Foods Corporation. It was first introduced in 1937 and gained popularity worldwide after its use during World War II. By 2003, Spam was sold in 41 countries on six continents and trademarked in over 100 countries. In 2007, the seven billionth can of Spam was sold.

According to its label, Spam's basic ingredients are pork shoulder meat, with ham meat added, salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, sugar, and sodium nitrite as a preservative. Natural gelatin forms during cooking in its tins on the production line. Many have raised concerns over Spam's nutritional attributes, in large part due to its high content of fat, sodium, and preservatives.

By the early 1970s the name "Spam" was often misused to describe any canned meat product containing pork, such as pork luncheon meat. With expansion in communications technology, it became the subject of urban legends about mystery meat and other appearances in pop culture. Most notable was a Monty Python sketch portraying Spam as tasting horrible, ubiquitous and inescapable, characteristics which led to its name being borrowed for unsolicited electronic messages, especially spam email.

Spam (gaming)

Spamming, in the context of video games, refers to the repeated use of the same item or action. For example, "grenade spamming" is the act of a player throwing a large number of grenades in succession into an area. In fighting games, one form of spamming would be to execute the same offensive maneuver so many times in succession that one's opponent does not receive a chance to escape the series of blows. In which a tournament that player will be disqualified, without re-entry.

Usage examples of "spam".

Inevitably, e-mail users are subjected to the spam of unrequested messages designed to sell an idea or a product.

Shirtless young men were tossing cartons of Spam and tins of ammunition from hand to hand up the beach to one of the bungalows that had been turned into a depot.

I wandered into the White House kitchen to eat whatever free food was lying around, and I saw Abbas Amal, the Jordanian chef, opening cans of Spam.

White House officials refused to comment on a report today that former White House chef Abbas Amal was fired last week after having served disguised Spam to the president and a group of foreign diplomats during a state dinner at the White House.

List blockers, report and complaint generators, advocacy groups, registers of known spammers, and spam filters all proliferate.

Most experts, though, strongly urge spam victims not to respond to spammers, lest their e-mail address is confirmed.

But Jesus Christ, Abbas -- you're serving Spam and cat food to two of the world's most powerful people?

You son of a bitch, you knew Abbas was fixing Spam, and you did nothing to stop him?

I heard Abbas fixed Spam with lemon sauce for the president and the prime minister.

Well, the truth is, I innocently walked into the kitchen last night to see if Abbas or someone would give me a snack, like they always do, and I saw Abbas opening cans of Spam.

It's not your fault Abbas fixed Spam, although I'm sure Gardenaul said you should've reported it before dinner was served.

We both know the only reason Abbas served Spam to the president was to offend him.

My search for Abbas, who I hadn't seen since the evening he marinated Spam with lemon juice, led me to the Valley of Sleep Funeral Home and Burial Park, near the Goddard Space Flight Center.

Our top story of the night: White House officials refused to comment on a report today that former White House chef Abbas Amal was fired last week after having served disguised Spam to the president and a group of foreign diplomats during a state dinner at the White House.

Between one seventh and one half of all e-mail messages are spam - unsolicited and intrusive commercial ads, mostly concerned with sex, scams, get rich quick schemes, financial services and products, and health articles of dubious provenance.