ham


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ham \Ham\ (h[aum]m), n.
   Home. [North of Eng.] --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.]
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   1. (Anat.) The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal
      space; the hock.
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   2. The thigh of any animal; especially, the thigh of a hog
      cured by salting and smoking.
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            A plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak
            hams.                                 --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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   2. The licensed operator of an amateur radio station.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ham \Ham\ (h[a^]m), v. i. (Theater)
   To act with exaggerated voice and gestures; to overact.
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   ham it up to act in a showy fashion or to act so as to
      attract attention; to ham. [Colloq.]
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