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

 

sham

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ʃæm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃæm//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sham
BrE BrE//ʃæm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃæm//
 
he / she / it shams
BrE BrE//ʃæmz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃæmz//
 
past simple shammed
BrE BrE//ʃæmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃæmd//
 
past participle shammed
BrE BrE//ʃæmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃæmd//
 
-ing form shamming
BrE BrE//ˈʃæmɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃæmɪŋ//
 
 
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(shamming, shammed) [intransitive, transitive] sham (something) | + adj. to pretend something Is he really sick or is he just shamming? Word Origin late 17th cent.: perhaps a northern English dialect variant of the noun shame.
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