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

 

ham

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//hæm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hæm//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ham
BrE BrE//hæm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hæm//
 
he / she / it hams
BrE BrE//hæmz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hæmz//
 
past simple hammed
BrE BrE//hæmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hæmd//
 
past participle hammed
BrE BrE//hæmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hæmd//
 
-ing form hamming
BrE BrE//ˈhæmɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmɪŋ//
 
 
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  • (hamming, hammed)
  • Word Originverb late 19th cent. (originally US): perhaps from the first syllable of amateur; compare with the US slang term hamfatter ‘inexpert performer’. Idioms (informal) (especially of actors) when people ham it up, they deliberately exaggerate their emotions or movements
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