Definition of sham adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ʃæm//
; NAmE NAmE//ʃæm//
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[only before noun] (usually disapproving) not genuine but intended to seem real synonym false a sham marriage Word Originlate 17th cent.: perhaps a northern English dialect variant of the noun shame.
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