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Definition of ham noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the top part of a pig's leg that has been cured (= preserved using salt or smoke) and is eaten as food; the meat from this The hams were cooked whole. a slice of ham a ham sandwich compare bacon, pork
  2. 2[countable] a person who sends and receives radio messages as a hobby rather than as a job a radio ham
  3. 3[countable] (informal) (often used as an adjective) an actor who performs badly, especially by exaggerating emotions a ham actor
  4. 4[countable, usually plural] (informal) the back part of a person's leg above the knee see also hamstring
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